This is a message for pastors and church leaders: You need to teach your congregation about the importance of the atmosphere at home when they live-stream your worship services. While we’re moving back into our church buildings, live-streaming is here to stay. It’s my estimation that (for good or bad) a significant number of your congregation will come back, but once or twice a month, many of those will stay at home to experience their Sunday online.
But what we’re not doing is teaching the congregation about being reverent during that experience at home.
Throughout the Bible, God is very clear about our attitude and the atmosphere surrounding worship. But let’s face it: when most people watch a livestream church service, they’re cooking breakfast, making the bed, playing with the kids, or cleaning house. Our producer Dan Wathen says it’s like “Express Church:” Get more done at home by watching church online.As a pastor, you don’t allow multiple activities going on in the sanctuary while you’re preaching, so you should teach your congregation about the importance of creating a sacred space at home for online church.Click To Tweet
We’re not asking them to be mystical, light candles, or create a special room. But get rid of distractions, get your Bible, a pen and notebook, clear your mind, and focus on God.
Otherwise, the future of online church will simply be a “drive-in” type experience, with little depth, and no sacred encounter.