This is a Guest Post by Andrew Mason.
The “Mobile Church,” is that where we’re headed?
There are a lot of posts weighing in on this subject, and it’s absolutely fascinating. Some individuals seem to be celebrating the growth of their local church through multi-campus & online strategies, while others seem absolutely outraged at the concept. Some love the idea of a portable church environment that can basically be replicated in any venue, while others see it as another step in the “Walmartization of America” in which the mega-churches move in and muscle out the little guys.
Why would we be so worried about the spreading of the gospel? If technology is a tool to be used in communicating the message of God’s love, should we feel threatened when churches use it effectively to reach more people?
One day, we’ll probably be able to access talented communicators streaming live to our iphones & experience a life-changing message. There’s no doubt that the “church experience” is growing more portable. Regardless of the tools we use, shouldn’t there always be a flesh-and-blood relationship to support these experiences?
If we do feel threatened, were we trying to build our church, or the church?
Whatever the answer, this trend reminds us that the church isn’t a building, a cool website, a new technology, or any other tool we use.
Isn’t a church made up of people, regardless of who they are & where they meet?