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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.

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.

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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.