Internet Campus Pastor – July 1, 2009

One month from today, I will transition from my role as pastor of congregational care to internet campus pastor. Here is the official announcement in the senior pastor’s eNote:

Andrew Conard will move from his responsibilities of congregational care for persons whose last names begin with N – R and instead he will focus on developing ministries, small groups and providing care for the 1,100 people who are currently worshiping with us online each week and expanding our “Internet Campus.” I’m excited about this as it marks a significant investment in the future. I am convinced that within five years as many people will worship with us online each week as worship in our Sanctuary. We are trying to understand what this means and how we do ministry in this new digital age. We’re also looking at starting “house churches” where people might worship via the webcast in homes.

I am thrilled to have this opportunity and very excited about the potential. I have been working with Clif Guy with a strategic project team made up of congregants – staff and non-staff since the beginning of the year to chart the direction for the ministry.

I am committed to living and leading the purpose of the denomination and the purpose of Resurrection in this role:

  • … to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
  • … building a Christian community where non religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians.

This is going to be a lot of fun.

17 thoughts on “Internet Campus Pastor – July 1, 2009

  1. Wow Andrew, that’s incredible. Congrats! I hope you continue to keep us in the loop as to what your proceedings look like for the betterment of us all.

    Incidentally, “care for persons with last names N-R” is a mind-boggling way to distribute pastoral care needs. Not a criticism, I’m just not able to wrap my head around it.

    1. UMJeremy – It boggles my mind at times as well – both N-R and internet campus. I’ll keep sharing updates.

  2. Andrew – I’m thrilled to watch you enter this role and see the fruits & challenges of it. You will inspire many Methodist churches to try this avenue as well. Our church is beginning to consider it so I hope you can find a way to let us join your journey!

    1. Jenny – I do hope to share the journey with other churches. I believe that this will be an important part of renewing the church. Please let me know how I might be helpful.

  3. Andrew – Congratulations! I am particularly excited that you are thinking about small groups and house churches for this community. I look forward to hearing more in the future.

    Blessings to you and Nicole.

    1. Thanks, Kevin. I believe that moving individuals into community is one of the most important parts of this initiative.

  4. Hi Andrew,

    Congrats! Looking forward to seeing what God is going to do through your new Internet Campus! If I can ever be any help whatsoever, please feel free to let me know. Praying for everyone involved at Resurrection…

    Blessings,
    Brian

    1. Brian – Thanks for your prayers. I will let you know if there is any way that you might be helpful. Thanks for the offer 🙂

  5. Copngratulations!!!
    This sounds like a great opportunity…

    1. Thanks, I believe that it is a great opportunity.

  6. Congratulations! What a cool opportunity! I can’t wait to see what new frontiers you and your team pioneer over the coming months and years!
    Grace and peace,
    Chris

  7. Wow, what a great opportunity! I’m excited to see you get to combine your passions in this unique ministry.

    Oh, by the way, could you update my listing on your blogroll to mattjudkins.com instead of catchingmeddlers? 🙂

    1. Will do. Thanks for the congratulations.

  8. Go get’em.

    And remember my advice as you begin this ministry…

  9. Hey man!
    Congratulations! This sounds exciting! And well suited for you!

    ps. what was ben’s advice? 😀

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