Episode 14: Alan George of LifeChurch.tv

On this episode of Social Media Church, we hear from Alan George, the Church Online Pastor at LifeChurch.tv, sharing the back story of how someone not technically-inclined became an Internet Campus Pastor, the big surprise of pastoring online, how to coordinate and mobilize a large team of volunteers, the missional use of technology, and what LifeChurch.tv might be dreaming up next.

Show Notes

Connect with Alan George on Twitter @alanvgeorge and Facebook facebook.com/alanvgeorge

Episode 10 of Social Media Church – Brandon Donaldson tells all about how LifeChurch.tv launched its Internet Campus

Church Online – LifeChurch.tv worship experiences online

Church Online Platform – a free tool to help you launch an online ministry

ChurchMetrics.com – track your church data

#news: Bible.com joins the YouVersion family and LifeChurch.tv’s newly formed Digerati Church to Church Team

more LifeChurch.tv resources for your church – and yes it’s all free

Episode 10: When LifeChurch.tv Launched its Internet Campus

Social Media Church features on this episode the back story of how LifeChurch.tv started its Internet Campus (now called Church Online). Brandon Donaldson shared the story on a November 2008 Leadership Network webinar, A Closer Look at Internet Campuses. Brandon started as LifeChurch.tv’s Internet Campus Pastor in 2005, launched it in April 2006, and continued in that role through mid-2011, when Alan George took on the role.

I’ve excerpted just the relevant portions from the webinar audio pertaining to LifeChurch.tv and included the Q&A relating to LifeChurch.tv. (The full webinar also had a presentation about Flamingo Road Church’s Internet Campus, now known as Potential Church.)

At the time of this episode’s publishing, there are less than 100 U.S. churches with Internet campuses. Hearing this back story can be most helpful for the other 300,000+ churches to develop their use of social media and the Internet to extend their ministries.

Show Notes

A Closer Look at Internet Campuses – watch video of entire webinar and webinar show notes

LifeChurch.tv ‘s Church Online now runs 51 online worship experiences every week, and has since launched its Church Online Platform for free so your church can run its own online worship experience too

DJ Chuang’s List of Churches with Internet Campuses or Livestreams


Episode 7: The Future of the Internet Church

On this episode of Social Media Church, I, DJ Chuang, roundup some things I’ve seen recently that point to what the future of the Internet church could look like. I think it’s still too early to call, but there are models beginning to take shape. Segments on this episode: my response to a couple of articles about how social media might shape the church, examples of network churches (organizational churches resourcing organic churches), Internet evangelism, and using Google+ Hangout on Air for online ministry.

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