This is a series of responses to questions about an internet campus from a previous series of posts. Do you have any other questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments and I will try to respond to each one. Thanks!
Why start an internet campus?
This is a great question and a fundamental question for any organization considering a new venture. As a ministry of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection the answer is easy. It aligns with our purpose to build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians. My hope is that an internet campus might be a way for those who have never heard the good news of Jesus Christ to become connected to a community of faith in which they might experience God’s love, receive forgiveness and be on the journey of knowing, loving and serving God toward becoming a deeply committed Christian.
If an internet campus does not connect with non-religious and nominally religious people, I do not think that it could be determined to be a success. To quote Craig Groeschel,
To reach people that no one else is reaching, you have to do things that no one else is doing.
To my knowledge there is no other church with an internet campus in the Kansas City area and I believe that it might be a way to connect with people that are not otherwise being reached with the good news of Jesus Christ.
Other responses to the question include, but are not limited to:
- Renewing the mainline church
- Providing a model for other United Methodist Churches
- Share resources from Resurrection.
What do you think about my responses? How would you answer this question?