A recent trend in the US is for multi-site churches to use video to present the senior pastor’s sermon to the church branches where he/she is not present. Teddy provided a link to The Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas, where Ps Ed Young beams his sermons by video to presumably 4 of the 5 churches in his multi-site group. Another church mentioned beams its service to 13 locations. From memory, Steve Penny’s church in Brisbane beams his services out to its branches as well. A quote from the article:
Geoff Surratt, author of “The Multi-site Church Revolution,” said at least 3,000 churches nationwide use some variation of high-def video to spread their pastor’s Sunday morning sermons.
Some broadcast hologram images of pastors that float suspended in the air behind the pulpit, while others project images of ministers on large video screens. Some sermons are broadcast live, while others are pre-recorded.
Many congregants seem very happy with the arrangement. Their churches still have pastoral staff, and it is only the preaching that is beamed in. It does raise some questions about the nature of church. In a way, its kind of shocking – I’ve always seen the role of church leader as one that assumes a connection with the congregation, but this seems very disconnected. But it might not necessarily be a bad thing, just a relatively new thing.
Given that the concept of everyone contributing something when we gather together has been lost already, in most large services, is this really much different from what already happens in many churches?
* Title reference: Born Slippy by Underworld, From Trainspotting. 3 minutes in. Nostalgia for some of us!