I love Chris Wilson’s post on “Flipping Churches” and I’m mad that he beat me to it! (Not really.) Currently, I teach in a middle school, and I’m actively working to flip my class. I haven’t quite achieved a full flip, but I’m getting there.
At the same time, over the past few months, I’ve been in talks with the full-time pastors at my church, and I think we’re all on-board with the idea that our church should be flipped. The perennial question, though, is daunting: how?
What does a “flipped church” look like?
Of course, there are dozens of flipped classroom/school examples: Khan Academy, TeacherTube, etc. What do we have in the way of churches? (Not to draw too hard of a line, but there’s a difference here between a “flipped” church and an Internet church. A flipped church places content online to enhance/deepen the teaching that goes on at the church. An Internet church is an actual attempt at creating a place of worship in cyberspace.)
Only one actual church came to mind as I pondered this: LifeChurch.tv, makers of YouVersion and a host of other tasty digital treats. They have a slew of resource pages, one of which is aimed at resourcing individuals and families.
Other than that, I don’t know of many flipped churches. Now, universities are another issue.
Both Biola University and Dallas Theological Seminary have flipped their schools, using two different methods. Biola has created a website, called Open Biola, wherein it is posting its courses online for free! I don’t believe all of their courses are online, but there does seem to be a fairly decent amount of material offered. Of course, for sometime now, DTS has offered its courses online via iTunesU.
Would you flip your church?
I’m really eager to begin flipping our church soon. Currently, the plan is to create detailed e-books (more like “e-pamphlets”) and offer them as free downloads alongside short video segments that distill the e-book content in easy to digest chunks. I’m hoping to have something really cool to share in a few weeks, but what about you?
Would this help your church, or would your time be better spent in other ways? If you have flipped or would considering flipping your church, how would/did you do it?