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.
The meeting place for the church of tomorrow will be a computer screen. Dont laugh, and dont feel alarmed. The real-world church isnt going anywhere until Jesus returns. But the virtual church is already here, and its poised for explosive growth. SimChurch invites you to explore the vision, the concerns, the challenges, and the remarkable possibilities of building Christs 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 youre 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 cant afford to miss.
Douglas Estes is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Practical Theology and DMin Program Director at South University-Columbia. He received his PhD in Theology from the University of Nottingham, UK, and completed a Post Doc at the Dominican Biblical Institute. He has written or edited six books, as well as numerous essays, articles and reviews. He has served as an adjunct professor at Phoenix Seminary and Western Seminary, and has sixteen years of pastoral ministry experience.