SimChurch: Being The Church in The Virtual World  -     By: Douglas C. Estes
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SimChurch: Being The Church in The Virtual World

Zondervan / 2009 / Paperback

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What does it mean "to do" church in the virtual world? Are internet campuses just niche ministries or the next step in the multi-site revolution? Will virtual churches be individualistic or actually encourage families to worship together? Can a virtual church be a missional church? Is it even possible or healthy "to be" the church in the virtual world?

If you are passionate about the church, outreach, and technology, and feel both excitement and concern about combining them, then these are just some of the questions you and other innovative followers of Jesus must grapple with. Rich in both biblical and current insight, combining exploration and critique, Simchurch opens a long overdue discussion you will want to get educated in rather than be left in the dark.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 0310287847
ISBN-13: 9780310287841
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The meeting place for the church of tomorrow will be a computer screen. Don’t laugh, and don’t feel alarmed. The real-world church isn’t going anywhere until Jesus returns. But the virtual church is already here, and it’s poised for explosive growth. SimChurch invites you to explore the vision, the concerns, the challenges, and the remarkable possibilities of building Christ’s kingdom online. What is the virtual church, and what different forms might it take? Will it be an extension of a real-world church, or a separate entity? How will it encourage families to worship together? Is it even possible or healthy to “be” the church in the virtual world? If you’re passionate about the church and evangelism, and if you feel both excitement and concern over the new virtual world the internet is creating, then these are just some of the vital issues you and other postmillennial followers of Jesus must grapple with. Rich in both biblical and current insight, combining exploration and critique, SimChurch opens a long-overdue discussion you can’t afford to miss.

Author Bio

Douglas Estes (PhD, University of Nottingham) is presently lead Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Mesa, Arizona. He has published 2 books with Brill: The Temporal Mechanics of the Fourth Gospel: A Theory of Hermeneutical Relativity in the Gospel of John (2008), and The Questions of Jesus in John: Logic, Rhetoric, and Persuasive Discourse (2012).

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    A great read. Regardless of your views on the Virtual Church, this is a great book that looks at all sides of the argument, from a biblical prospective.
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Author: Douglas Estes
Located in: San Jose, CA
Submitted: September 13, 2009

    What was your motivation behind this project?  To weigh the issue of virtual church--online churches and internet campuses. To not just write a reaction piece to virtual church, or to write about my experience with it, or my opinion about it, but to dig deeper and debate the merits/demerits of doing church online in light of biblical-theological-church tradition concerns. To write a book that took these issues seriously.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope readers will gain an appreciation for what God can do through virtual churches. Also, I know that some people will be tempted to be negative about virtual churches--instead I hope they will weigh the theological and biblical arguments before making a decision.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  It made me very glad to see online churches reaching people who may never want to or be able to be a part of a real-world church--people who are marginalized by both culture and church culture--and to see those play a role for the kingdom.

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