Launching an Online Church

If I Were Launching Our Online Church All Over Again

I was reviewing the workflow of our Online Campus at Community Bible Church recently and was overwhelmed by how complicated it’s gotten. It didn’t get complicated because we wanted it to or tried to create a really complex infrastructure, we just grew and that’s what often happens. To understand the systems though, I had to look back at why each of them were established.  

If I were to start all over, here are a few things I would do differently:

  • Launch with Live Streaming - this has had a HUGE impact on our weekend engagement and significantly increased engagement within our local congregation. Had we launched with this, I believe our local congregation would have been more engaged in our Online Church campus as a whole.
  • Launched Online Groups First – to be honest Online Groups was a response to our growing Online Campus and not a part of our launch strategy. If I were to launch again I would create 3-5 Online Groups before our Online Church Campus was to even launch.
  • Establish 3 Core Volunteer Opportunities – as I look back I wasn’t clear when building our Online Church Campus' volunteer team. I primarily looked for what I called “Moderators” to monitor the chat. What a terrible and unappealing title for a volunteer opportunity. If I were re-launching today, I would launch with 3 core volunteer opportunities: Online Church Host, Online Group Leader, Social Media Support.

I have very few regrets and have learned so much along the way! Other Online Church Campus leaders out there, I would love to hear what you would do all over again if you were starting over.

Launching an Online Church

A little more than 5 years ago I was hired on a 90 day trial to launch the Online Church campus at Community Bible Church.  It's been quite a ride as we have had more than a million unique visitors at OnlineChurch.com, a weekly attendance of over 12,000 in live and simulated live services in both English and Spanish, a Facebook community of over 750,000 and countless lives that have been forever changed.  Beyond the numbers though, are the very real relationships that have been formed along the way.  It's been a journey that I could have never predicted 5 years ago because there was no roadmap to follow along the way and we had no idea where this might lead.  The good news for you is: there is now a roadmap!

After a couple of years of online ministry success many people have asked for help along the way and I have done my very best to support them in their initiatives.  Unfortunately, I can't take every phone call and answer every email from ministry leaders needing help.  A couple of publishers asked me to write a book, but that just didn't seem to be the right medium to help churches create their Online Church so I decided to create Online Church Leaders.  

Community Bible Church was generous with my time to allow me and my team to invest 10% of our time to create this resource for other church leaders to create an Online Church.  From day 1 it was our goal to help 1,000 church leaders create an Online Church that reached on average of 1,000 people/week.  That would be 1 million more people being reached each week through an Online Church experience!  

About 18 months ago we took everything we knew and partnered with our friends at Saddleback Church, LifeChurch.tv, The Potter's House, and more to create a 12 session online course that we have made available for FREE!!!  Since launching we have seen more than 500 church leaders complete the course, but we still have a long way to go to accomplish our goals!  

I believe there is no better time than now for a church to launch an Online Church campus.  In this course we walk you through how to use a FREE Online Church platform, a FREE video hosting provider, FREE video editing tips and tricks, FREE online ads up to $10,000/month and more!  I believe that any church can launch an online campus in 7 days and be reaching more than 1,000 people each week without spending a penny.  

So, what are you waiting for?  I hope you will sign up for this FREE online course right now at http://OnlineChurchLeaders.com.  There are truly no strings attached and our only goal is to help your church reach more people using the proven techniques of experienced Online Church Leaders.  

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.