Church
Online
on Steroids

LeadershipEdges hosts a webinar for the online and onsite community development strategy for plausible future scenarios on October 22, 2020. 

topics Covered

Six Stages

churches have been passing through six+ stages at an ever-increasing rate of Internet speed since traditional ministries have been disrupted by the digital revolution.

Four Plausible scenarios

You will be presented with the four future scenarios for churches by 2025.

Church Online Strategy

Grab the strategy to differentiate the online worship community from the existing onsite one.

Q&A

You can freely discuss what we talked about at the webinar

Webinar Brochure:
Church Online on Steroids

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Speaker's note

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Rev. Dr. Paul Moon

Ministry Strategist, Organization and Leadership Development Coach

The coronavirus will move past its pandemic state at some point in the future. Even when it is “back to normal,” it will never be the same again. What will the church look like in five years?

When my dot-com venture was at its peak in 1997, a very similar question hit me: What will be the church look like in 20 years? I was then shocked at how deeply technologies had started penetrating various aspects of our daily life. I had better said I became a scary cat because of impending waves of disruption upon churches caused by the emerging culture. I then started an organization called ChruchParadigm to help churches prepared for the digital culture. Upon stepping into a journey of new church-starts with young diverse professionals in New York in 2007 for the next ten years, I articulated the very same question in a slightly different tone: What will be the spiritual flux in New York by 2020? I was then devastated with most young diverse people in the city thinking about churches as a creeping place. Amid the pandemic in 2020, I now ask again what the church will look like in 2025. It is notable that the time span for the same question is shortened by half each time when it pops into my head. I am now working on future scenario planning for churches hit hard by the pandemic.

What we cover

We live by faith and not by sight!

Corinthians 5:7

The coronavirus will move past its pandemic state at some point in the future. Even when it is ‘back to normal’, it will never be the same again. What will the church look like in 5 years? We need to take the long view. Otherwise, there seems no hope in the near sights nor a better time to listen to Paul. In 2 Corinthians 5:7, Paul says, “We live by faith and not by sight.” When we intentionally take the long view, our future state helps us live out our faith today. The purpose of this webinar is to present you with the potential future scenarios, which were studied by ministry strategists and pastors, and to lay great stress on developing and deploying your Church Online Strategy now. It will shape or even define your impending ministries.

Even before the pandemic has dramatically changed the world we know; churches have been already passing through six+ stages at an ever-increasing rate of Internet speed since traditional ministries have been disrupted by the digital revolution. This intensive, fast-paced seminar will guide you to navigate through the stages and to identify the stage your congregation is in now. Exploring the causes and effects of each stage will reveal any traps and disruption with the approach of the subsequent stages. There will be in-depth practical suggestions for the next steps to your effective ministry bridging the distance between your current state and the most potential future scenarios.

If only one takeaway would be allowed in this seminar, please grab the strategy to differentiate the online worship community from the existing onsite one. COVID-19 pandemic forces many churches to jump into stage 3 without spending a reasonable amount of time to examine the consequences. Churches had to set up the live streaming of their worship service via YouTube Live or Facebook Live. Some had to settle down with Zoom. 

Six Stages since the digital revolution
  1. The dawn of the digital revolution: Perfect disruption
  2. The fall of traditional paradigms: The rise of social network
  3. Live streaming of the onsite worship: A regrettable substitution
  4. A zero-sum game begins: No net change
  5. Crossing the boundaries of the local community: Woeful tales of a mega online church
  6. A chicken game begins: It turns out that “Nobody Wins,” but “Everyone Loses”

This journey of migrating church folks into the uncharted territory of the church online world without a good map or a GPS device in your hands could be a regrettable choice when looking back in time. It could be months later not years. Substituting or simulating the onsite worship into the online space is a wrong move into a zero-sum game. Do not get trapped in that game nor in the subsequent game of ‘nobody win, but everyone loses’. Take the strategy that keeps your onsite and online communities growing together by offering their unique value propositions.

You will be presented with the four future scenarios for churches by 2025. Are you ready to explore what the church looks like in each scenario? What could be indicators for each scenario to become a reality? Which critical questions should churches ask for each scenario and be ready to answer them?

In any one of the four scenarios,
Church Online is not a piggy-back ministry of the main onsite churches. It has its autonomous existence. It is not just another storefront to the digital world. It will be outgrowing in three scenarios than the existing onsite worship community, which will be cannibalized in two scenarios. The Cluster Hybrid Church is an interesting and promising scenario for the future state of churches. The church could be more relevant in the world. It could solve the structural issue, especially for the mainline churches, of their unsustainability of doing church today.

You are cordially invited to attend the seminar, and you will learn to embark upon
“Church Online on Steroids,” a new journey
into the future.

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