Church Online

Meet the New Life.Church Open Network

About a decade ago I was a Youth Pastor that struggled to keep up and often felt isolated and alone in ministry. There was always more to do than I could make time for and Sunday was always coming... and Wednesday. I had meetings to attend, details to coordinate, more meetings to attend, volunteers to train, then a couple more meetings. While I enjoyed teaching, message prep often became a back burner task because everything else felt essential and to be completely honest I was a mediocre at best communicator. So, I would often put it off.

Then a Youth Ministry friend recommended a resource from a church in Oklahoma who gave away their Youth Ministry teaching videos and curriculum. The church was then called LifeChurch.tv. Those teaching videos weren't just good enough, but they were awesome and they were FREE! On a tight budget this was HUGE for me and created great value for our Youth Ministry. I didn't use the videos every week, but it often would be a great stand alone message or series for a few weeks while I focused on camp or something else that might be pulling my attention for a season. 

Over time I continued to follow Life.Church as they continued to give away more and more including the Church Online Platform and so many other areas that they have been incredibly generous. Personally their team has been very generous to me inviting me out to their campus on numerous occasions and responding to so many emails and calls. I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am for this church and their generosity.

Now, they're taking things to the next level. As I reviewed what's new I'm blown away by the expanded library of resources, but even more excited about the community that they are developing. Ministry can often feel lonely and isolated and now you have access to this growing community of likeminded leaders to connect with and share thoughts and ideas beyond resources. I believe the impact of this network will exponentially expand the impact of Life.Church as they continue to serve churches in such a generous way. I can't wait to see how this community develops! 

If it wasn't clear enough earlier, all of this is FREE. It always has been and always will be. It's unbelievable and I can't imagine a good reason why someone wouldn't want to at least check it out. Click the link below to learn more.

Can We Help You Launch & Grow Your Online Church?

I cannot be more excited to announce a new service that I have dreamed about for years!  Since launching Online Church at Community Bible Church I have been asked to tell the story over and over again about how we launched an online campus in a week and now reach 15,000+ people from more than 160 different countries each week.  As I share this story with church leaders they often tell me that they wish they could do the same, but have a long list of excuses of why they can't.  I have made it my goal to remove the following excuses:

  • The technology is too complicated
  • It's too expensive
  • We have no one to run it
  • We don't even know where to start

The truth about Online Church is that the technology is complicated, it can be expensive, it requires a lot of time and getting started is the hardest step of all.  I believe we have solved these issues with a new service called Online Church SupportChris Tripputi and I have built a team that can setup and run your Online Church Campus so that you can focus on the ministry while we focus on the technology and the systems.  

Our team of designers and technicians will handle the page setup and layout, help with video uploads and scheduling, and even train your volunteers if you need for us to.  We are aware of the hurdles and feel that we have created an affordable structure that most churches can afford if they are ready to transform their local church into a global church online with just a click of a button (well, maybe a few clicks).

Are you ready to learn more?  Visit OnlineChurch.Support to get started today!  If you have any questions at all please don't hesitate to comment or send me a message as I would love to answer them.  

Online Church Facebook Page reaches 500,000 Likes!

500K A little more than 4 years ago we launched the Facebook page for CBC Online  (now OnlineChurch.com).  I had a very simple strategy:

  1. I invited all of my friends to like the page
  2. I posted over and over and over again asking for the people on the page to visit Online Church

While this is a common practice for church/ministry Facebook pages, our experience was much like everyone else who follows this strategy: it failed.  Few people liked the page and even fewer people clicked the links to go to Online Church.

So we tried something different.  We started ministering to people right there on Facebook.  We began posting Bible verses, song lyrics, sermon quotes, etc.  People responded by liking and sharing those posts.  Facebook responded to this engagement by showing these posts to more people.  More people responded by "Liking" our page.  Well, actually they "Became a Fan" of our page.

I won't lie and tell you that it was really that simple.  We didn't just make this one change and grow to half of a million likes.  We applied significant strategy, utilized Facebook ads, invested significantly in content development, built a team of 1,000+ Facebook community leaders, and more.  I also can't take too much credit as it took me 2 years to grow the page to 100,000 Facebook Likes and our Social Media Manager, Nick Ovalle, has more than doubled the following of the page since he took over leadership of the platform.

So, today we're celebrating a significant milestone in our journey of reaching, teaching, and helping people in Jesus' name on Facebook.  I would love for you to join us in this celebration as we're doing a bunch of giveaways and having a lot of fun.   Check out our Heyo page and join the party!

My encouragement to you when it comes to your Facebook page is to analyze and rethink how you are using this platform.  Is it a marketing tool or a ministry opportunity?  Honestly, it can be both, but it will be a far better marketing tool if you first see it as a ministry opportunity.

 

Online Church Leaders is Here!

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After over 6 months of preparation, I'm excited to announce that Online Church Leaders is here! Go to http://OnlineChurchLeaders.com to sign up for your FREE account today!

This has been a labor of love, and I feel so grateful that Community Bible Church has been generous enough to allow me to invest in other churches in this way.  We are essentially giving away all that we have learned about Online Church over the past 4 years in this FREE training program!  It's not just what we have learned at Community Bible Church, but collectively among other friends pioneering this new ministry opportunity from LifeChurch.tv, Saddlback Church, Seacoast Church, Dream Center, and more!

Here are some of the learning portals included in the training:

  • Building Your Platform
  • Creating Your Content
  • Attracting Your Crowd
  • Developing Your Volunteers
  • Online Giving
  • Measuring Success
  • and more!

We have a goal with this platform over the next 2 years to help 500 churches launch an Online Church campus reaching an average of 2,000 each week.  That would be 1 million people a week attending an Online Church!  We believe this is very possible and just a matter of churches understanding the opportunity, embracing the technology, and applying the basic principles lined out here.

Here's what some key Online Churches have said about this new ministry opportunity:

 "Saddleback Church’s Online Campus reached over 208 countries/territories this past year with over 2/3 of our viewers non-local. Plus, with over 1,100 groups meeting all over the globe. Through a simple, but well executed Church Online strategy anyone from anywhere can engage with our church." - Jay Kranda from Saddleback Church

“God is using online ministry in very real ways around the world. Our ministry has been extended to people we never would have been able to reach otherwise, and lives are being transformed through the life-giving message of Christ. People who were feeling empty have found hope. People who were lonely have found community. People who were stuck in destructive decisions have found strength to change… all through the power of Christ.” - Alan George from LifeChurch.tv

Without a doubt, OnlineChurchLeaders.com is the most valuable priceless resource that will bring more churches into the 21st century before the 22nd century gets here! Get online already!” - DJ Chuang from the Social Media Church Podcast

So what are you waiting for?  Sign up today at http://OnlineChurchLeaders.com!

Book Tour - Online Church

Want to know more about Online Church?  Curious where to begin or where to go from where you are?  CBC Online launched in one week and so can your online ministry!  We will talk about not just how to broadcast your worship experiences, but organizing volunteers, online Bible studies, ministry follow up, etc.  Whether you are just curious or fully committed this session will be beneficial to your church/minitry to begin thinking differently about the possibilities online. Session Interview with Alan George, Church Online Pastor at LifeChurch.tv.

Online Church - Social Media Guide For Ministry Day5 from Nils Smith on Vimeo.

If you have not purchased the Social Media Guide for Ministry you can find it on Amazon here.

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If you have any questions about this session please leave a comment and I would love to answer any question that you might have.