Do you ever wonder why we still have online church even though Journey has returned to having Sunday services inside a building? There are many reasons why we have “hybrid church”, which is the term used to describe having both in person and online services!
Journey has always been a church for the unchurched. We’ve always made our services accessible to as many people as possible by knocking down barriers that have kept people from church. Having a digital presence is a great way to reach new people! Most visitors will watch a service online before they will ever walk into an in person service. Going to church is intimidating for many people. Watching something on YouTube is just a click away!
Another reason for hybrid church is because we’ve all come to expect choices in how we receive services. Sometimes you want to go to the grocery store, and sometimes you want groceries delivered. Sometimes you want to go to college classes, and sometimes you want to go to classes online. Sometimes you want to work at home, and sometimes you want to go to the office. Sometimes you want to attend a meeting in person, and sometimes you want to meet on Zoom. Having both in person and online worship services gives people choices!
Online church gives people the option to attend their home church when they are on vacation! It can be awkward to attend a strange church while on vacation. Online church provides a taste of home while having fun in another place.
Some regular attenders of Journey Church have to work on Sunday mornings or really late on Saturday nights. In person church is only offered for one hour on Sunday mornings. Online church is offered 24/7! This creates great flexibility and opportunity! Online church is accessible to everyone!
Visitors can check out the online service and see if they like the music and the sermons before they make a commitment to attending in person. The online service is the new front door of the church.
Almost every new person who has attended our church this year has worshipped with us on YouTube first! The online service is our first impression, and it really makes our church shine!
The online service has tremendous potential! One online service can reach 200 people or 2 million people. The possibilities are endless!
This is where you come in! Share the YouTube link on your Facebook page. Share through email. Send it by text to a few friends. The online service is our greatest outreach tool. Use it to reach more people for Jesus!
Here’s the link for you to subscribe to the Journey Church Roanoke YouTube channel: youtube.com/journeychurchroanoke
-Rhonda Hopper, Online Pastor