Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Podcast your sermons and seekers will come-a real live story

Tonight, I met an engaged couple who was visiting with us, I believe for the first time. I went up and shook their hands and immediately the guy said, "I listened to you on podcast. I was really inspired by what you said, and we came to visit. Our last church folded up."

There was not much time before class, but I got to talk with them just briefly. Two things came to mind. First, I was a bit saddened to hear of a church dying--that must have been tough to experience. Second, I was glad to know that our podcasting was being listened to by those who were looking for a church.

A huge percentage of people check out a church online before attending for the first time. The look, feel, and content of the site can say a lot about the church. And of course, sermons and blogs on the site say even more. This is why my blog and the Missional Outreach Network are embedded in our site.

In addition to audio podcasting, we are also soon to add video podcasting. We are adding a couple of cameras and video processing equipment so that we can do closeups and multiple camera angle shots for our sermons. The internet is such a powerful tool, with the potential to reach a great many. It cannot alone convert anyone, but it can play a great role in reaching people today.

I'm looking forward to increasing our efforts in using the internet and our website this year to reach people.

Does your church have audio and/or video podcasting? Do you personally use this or know of people who do?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work. God is working at High Pointe. I hear of many stories of this congregation reaching out to the community.

James said...

Thanks for the encouragement, my friend!

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