Online Church Debate: Pros & Cons Video Conversation

October 21, 2014 by

A couple weeks back we shared an article about how to create your own online campus and sparked a conversation on Twitter about the pros and cons of Internet church. It’s the online church debate! Innovate 4 Jesus (I4J) is hosted a conversation about online church. Watch the archived video:

“75 to 80% of people connect with a church online before they ever step foot through their door.” -Jason Caston

The conversation features:


The conversation covered the how and why of online church, exploring some of the preferences and the very nature of what it means to be the church. Nils even shared about how his online church practices communion together. Here are a few quotes from the conversation:

“The message stays the same, but the method we use to deliver the message continues to evolve.” -Jason Caston

“The key to online church is the community that is happening” -Nils Smith

“75 to 80% of people connect with a church online before they ever step foot through their door.” -Jason Caston

“The church should be in the online space, but our ultimate goal should not be to only have online connections.” -Nate Friedrichsen

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4 Responses to “Online Church Debate: Pros & Cons Video Conversation”

  • Steve Fogg
    October 21, 2014

    Hi Kevin,

    Can it be like fight club? or WWF?

    Seriously would pay to see that!

    Is it on demand later for viewing for those of us in other timezones?



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  • Nate Friedrichsen
    October 21, 2014


    It will be archived for later viewing.

    First rule: You do not talk about Fight Club.

    Second rule: You DO NOT talk about Fight Club.

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  • Eric Dye
    October 24, 2014

    I don’t think anyone has intended that “our ultimate goal” is to have ”only have online connections.”

    That sounds like someone who’s being a naysayer for the sake of being a naysayer imho.

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    • Kevin D. Hendricks
      October 24, 2014

      Hey Eric, did you watch the video? Nils was making the case that online church is enough as is and that it doesn’t require a physical presence. That often happens, but he was saying online is all you need. Nate was arguing that at some point you need to have physical connection–he likened it to Christ being embodied as a physical person.

      Just fleshing out the arguments a bit, but I don’t think Nate was being a naysayer for the sake of naysaying. (is that a word? It should be)

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