The Sunday after going live, Pastor Parries encouraged his congregation to “Text somebody and let them know we’re going live on our own site! Tell them you want to see this today!”
Last month I worked with Pastor Parries in Orlando to bring into fruition a “virtual church” through the Christian Family Worship Center’s website. This is an outreach driven website created to reach people in their homes.
One area of the site asks, “Have to work? Can’t go to church? Moved to another city? Miss your church? Or called to duty in another country? Where can you find Christian fellowship? The Bible tells us not to neglect our meeting together. What do you do? … We invite you to become a part of our virtual church.”
The site explains how and why to get involved in this Christian fellowship, not just through the live broadcasts on Sundays and Thursdays, but everyday through
- small groups which meet via conference calls weekly and through Facebook daily
- events advertised on the home page
The work that Pastor Parries has put into building the site, engaging his own members and reaching beyond “the church doors”, I believe, will not return void!