The opportunity to reach people that offline churches currently aren’t reaching with the gospel is probably the most compelling and oft cited support for online churches.
Mark Meyer, pastor of Granger Community Church’s online church said it like this in a comment earlier in this series:
“Church attendance is decreasing, social networking is exploding, and views of Christianity and “the church” are troubling (Unchristian, Barna surveys)… I believe there are millions who are not comfortable taking a step to go to a physical church… that step certainly seems easier online”
Not to mention the people who are physically unable to go to an offline church because of their health or living in a country (or a home) closed to the gospel.
I doubt many people would disagree with that. Would you?
Online Alter Call
Recently I visited LifeChurch.tv’s online church. At the end of the message, Craig Groeschel presented the gospel. While he did an option appears below the video where I could click to indicate I had made the decision to receive Christ as my savior. There was also a number next to it displaying the number of people who indicated they made that decision. A chill went down my spine as I saw the number change. By the end of the service 3 people had indicated they received Christ as their savior.
Sure, those people could have just clicked to see what would happen or something. Only God knows if those people made a sincere decision to follow Him. But that’s true in an offline church when people raise their hand, stand, or come forward to indicate a decision for Christ.
Do you see evangelism as one of the greatest opportunities for online churches? Are there any hurdles or difficulties with evangelism? Have you got any stories to share of people who came to Christ through an online church?[image by raftwetjewell]