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Something You Can Never Get Online

Posted by Dave Sippel on

Wow. This is just too good to keep to myself. Carey Nieuwhof just shared a new entry on his blog. It is full of good stuff for our church. Click here to read it for yourself.

Here is the part that I like the best:

"The attractional churches of the 90s and 2000s built their congregations by offering excellent preaching and amazing music.

The challenge, of course, is that technology has disrupted that model.

What used to be both exclusive and something you had to experience personally is now portable and affordable thanks to your phone.

I’ll blog on this trend again soon, but the short answer is that ultimately, experience will have to trump content. Why? Because more people are asking this question: If I can watch and listen on my phone, why would I come?
If you don’t have a good answer to that question as a church leader, you lose.

Churches that cultivate a great experience will win. What makes for a great experience?

  • Community
  • Serving one another in love
  • A sense of mission and movement into a city or region
  • Amazing kids experiences
  • Actual caring, prayer and human interaction

Church leaders will have to sift through what can only happen in person and what can happen online. Those who do will continue to grow. Those who don’t, won’t.

It’s not that you shouldn’t have an online presence. You should have a great one.

But you should also offer something in person you can never get online. This year, the most innovative leaders will get better at figuring out what those differences are."

I like that suggestion - offer something in person that people can never get online. Thank you Carey. I am going to enjoy thinking about that one. I believe our church is perfectly positioned to offer something warm, authentic, enriching and vibrant. Let's work on it together.

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