Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Grace Online Part 4: What will an online service be like?

Starting on Sunday, March 2 Grace Church is launching a brand new worship experience for an online audience called Grace Online. To start with, the service will air 5 times per week. I'm sure we will adjust from there. The first service time will be on Sunday, March 2 at 11 AM. This series of blog posts will give some rationale and back story for this new ministry endeavor. 

What will an online service at Grace Online be like? 

Unlike some other online worship services, ours will be specifically crafted for the online audience. All service elements will all be recorded ahead of time, but will be specifically created for Grace Online.  Elements will include:  
  1. Sermon – the preaching pastor at Grace will record that week’s sermon for people who will be watching via screen. There will be sermon notes available for those who wish to take notes. 
  2. Musical Worship – our worship and media teams are recording and producing songs that will be used to inspire worship as people watch online. The words will be on the screen so that viewers will be able to sing along or simply meditate on the content of the song as it plays. 
  3. Online host – each week a service host will walk viewers through the service encouraging people to engage and introducing different service elements and action steps. 
  4. Service Elements – creative videos, life stories, meditative moments will all be regular features. 
  5. Chat/follow up – A care team will always be present to interact with viewers in the chat area and will be available to provide spiritual guidance, prayer, and advice for taking a next step. 
  6. Giving – there will be a button available for people to financially support Grace Church and to worship God through giving. 
  7. Prayer – there is a convenient way for anyone to request prayer at any time during the Grace Online worship experience. 
  8. Invitation – we will be encouraging every person who attends Grace Online to invite their friends to join them as well. People will be one click away from letting others know about Grace Online via Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or email. 

      Grace Online Blog Posts:
            Part 1: Why are we doing it

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