Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for Renewal at Brookhaven Hospital
I would really like to hear your thoughts about the modern era of streaming online churches.
We are seeing mega churches building “streaming online” churches, while the pastor either ministers via Skype or at another location. The scripture is very clear about gathering together, and what is gained by being in one another’s presence.
Hebrews 10:25 scripture tells us “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
Interent ministry whether it is audio or video, it is not intended to replace attending church for spiritual growth. Internet churches now exist all around the world; however, they are still criticized for their lack on “human connection” wrote, Gordon McDonald in his book “Who Stole My Church” (2008).
LifeChurch.tv has been successful in establishing cyber-church within the Facebook community using an “Internet Campus” technology. (“Facebook Church” Swerve http://swerve.lifechurch.tv (Accessed September 29, 20157)
On the other hand, some advocate a mission-based stance, using social networking sites and networking components of other Internet mediums like blogging, chat, and instant messaging to proselytize new converts and spread the Gospel. [Andrew Careaga, “Embracing the cyberchurch” Next-Wave http://www.next-wave.org (Accessed September 29, 2015)
Brookhaven Hosptial has sent a survey to local pastors to get their view on how online church goers affect their church. Is it a positive tool of evangelical ministry for those who cannot go to church due to illness, age or lack of transportation?
Let us know what you think. Should streaming online church services be a substitute for traditional church attendance?
Brookhaven Hospital’s Renewal Christian Care program is here to serve you, to help you recognize symptoms and behaviors that may need to be addressed by professional counseling. Our next Pastoral Outreach luncheon seminar willl be on Thursday, October 15thth, 2015 when Chaplain Steve Sullivan will present, “Healing the Invisible Wounds of War.”