Reaching The Online Generation

An Initiative of CityTeam Ministries

Talking with the Online Generation

Posted on | November 13, 2008 |

Online, the medium creates a cultural expectation of interaction.  If we insist on using a broadcasting or narrowcasting strategy within a conversational medium, we will have very limited success.

Offline churches use a broadcasting strategy in their Sunday morning services.  A few, very innovative churches, cloned this approach online.  In Second Life, they bought land, built buildings, and set up times for speaker-driven services.  Unfortunately, I think broadcasting online will have limited success in reaching the lost online because it runs counter to their cultural expectation for communication.  (Lifechurch.tv is an exception, but I haven’t seen them account for the on-demand expectation of the conversational online culture.  I think they will, though.  They are pretty smart.)

Bottom line, we have to consider the culture of the Online Generation and adapt the form/delivery method (not content) in a way that meets their basic expectations if we want to see a widespread movement.

They want to talk.  That’s not a bad thing.  So let’s talk.

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