Internet Campus News

Internet Campus Impact

I love being the pastor of our Internet Campus, and I love the people who gather there each week. It’s an eclectic group from all over the United States (as well as a few from other parts of the world), and I get to listen to the stories as we see people’s lives impacted by God. It’s amazing.

Some people who log on there are just checking out our church before they visit. Others are attending because they’re sick, home with a new baby, or home bound. Some attend because they are Deaf, and we offer ASL interpreted worship services. Even though it’s different from traditional methods, God is meeting people there.

Let me give you one recent example:

Last week I made a follow up phone call to a young woman who lives out of state but attends online each week and wants to start serving through our Internet Campus.* After a short conversation with her, I realized that she hadn’t committed her life to Christ, and I got to lead her to the Lord. Since then, we’ve connected a couple of times, she’s going to be visiting Faith Promise over the Christmas holidays, and I’m scheduled to baptize her during the service when we do the recording for iCampus. Amazing.

While some are suspicious and fearful of this kind of ministry, we see both the current impact and the future potential. Because of that (and a group of people who have stepped up to the plate in service), I’m very pleased to announce that beginning this Sunday, our iCampus will now feature three service times: 10 am, 11:45 am, and 9:00 pm.

I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Please join with me in praying that God would continue to bless this online ministry – to impact lives for His Glory alone.

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*In case you don’t know, we have online greeters, prayer volunteers, administrators, and soon we’ll have our first online small group. There’s room for more, so shoot me an email or drop a comment on here, if you’re interested.

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Home Invasion, Sacred Storm

Halloween Knoxville, TN

One of the many things I love about my job is the opportunities to build out event-specific websites. The screen capture above is from the re-launch of the Sacred Storm website to promote the upcoming Halloween production at Faith Promise Church called Home Invasion, Sacred Storm.

Even if you’re not in the Knoxville area, you can still be a part of this event since there will be three broadcasts on our Internet Campus on Sunday, November 1st:

  • 9:45 AM
  • 11:45 AM
  • 9:00 PM

We’d also love it if you’d do us a favor and help us spread the word by sharing this event with your social networks. I believe God will use it to make a significant impact in people’s lives.

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Overlooking a Great Idea

I love my job, and one of the things I get to do each day is make decisions. Decisions like:

  • What new projects will my team take on?
  • What will be priority?
  • Where will we focus our time and money?
  • Should we do option A, B, or C?

I hope that I make good decisions most of the time, but even when I don’t, I often get the opportunity to revisit those decisions again. The Deaf interpretation on the Internet Campus is a good example of this very thing.

You see, when we first launched the Internet Campus, I got a kind email that I quickly dismissed as outside our scope for the Internet Campus. That was three months ago.

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Fortunately, our Graphic Artist Heather Burson, mentioned the idea to me a few weeks later and cast a vision for the impact the iCampus could have in the Deaf community. This second time, I listened.

Has that every happened to you? Have you ever dismissed an idea but later come back with a new perspective?

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Faith Promise Blog

Faith Promise Blog, Knoxville, TN

Over the past few months, I’ve noticed that there are quite a few things that would be good to communicate at church that fall outside the scope of the church website. For me, that usually entails some kind of media, but I can also see how other things – like leadership articles or other ministry items – should be finding their way to a centralized location on the internet. Twitter & Facebook are both avenues that we’ve been using for communication, but something more central and intertwined is the approach I’ve come to enjoy here with this blog (the blog being central, and FB and Twitter as offshoots).

To meet that need, I launched a blog for Faith Promise Church a few days ago. Should be a fun project. You can check it out here.

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Internet Campus Update

Internet Campus

Things on the Internet Campus have been going great, and I’m very super-happy to report that starting this weekend we’re adding an additional service. That means that you can now connect up with Faith Promise Church each Sunday at 10 am or 11:45 am (Eastern Time).

In addition to that, there’s some fantastic top secret stuff going on for the iCampus that I really hope will come together in the next few weeks.

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The Internet Campus

Faith Promise Internet Campus

Just in case I haven’t said it recently – I love my job. I get to work with amazing people and work on fun projects.

One huge project that’s been slowly coming together over the past few months is Faith Promise’s Internet Campus. Basically, it’s video of the worship service, a virtual lobby area where people can interact through chat, and a place where people can be ministered to through one-on-one prayer. I know there will be skeptics, but I believe God will use it to spread His fame and bring people to faith in Him.

Well, after a lot of work and effort (Brad Roberts has again played a huge role in this endeavor), we’re launching the iCampus this weekend, 4/12/09, with rebroadcasts of Sacred Storm at 3 & 8 pm Eastern Time. Beginning 4/19/09, we’ll begin broadcasting each Sunday morning at 10 am Eastern Time.

What’s really cool is that like our physical campus, this ministry is going to require the help of volunteers. We need greeters in the chat area to welcome people and build relationships, and we need prayer operators who are ready to share the gospel, encourage people, and lift people in prayer.

Please join me in praying for people all over the world who will be exposed to God’s Truth and love through our Internet Campus.

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Easter at Knoxville Coliseum

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I put together this design for our marketing campaign for our one-service Easter celebration at the Knoxville coliseum. We already had a great design for our invite cards, but we needed something a little bit edgier and attention grabbing for advertising to the college and downtown audience. As I was thinking through what we could say that would stand out, I decided that it would be interesting to juxtapose two of the most bold statements that have ever been uttered by human lips.

The first is from Nietzsche’s work called The Madman. In it he uses these words ( “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him.”) to say that humanity can no longer justify belief in the existence of God. In his opinion, belief in God is intellectually reprehensible.

The second statement is one of many places in Scripture where Jesus asserts his divinity. He also claims to be the exclusive door to eternal life.

It’s amazing to see these two statements side by side, and I hope that it will compel people to either seek the truth or live out what they believe.

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Faith Promise Church

I know this photo is pretty lame, but it’s hard to take an on-the-sly photo when you’re ushering and all you have is an iPhone to do the job.  I’m standing about six rows from the back left corner and facing the screen on the right side of the stage.  You can see a glimpse of the balcony on the right.

I love the atmosphere of worship and anticipation in this place.  People are excited to be there, and yes, it feels a bit like a rock concert.  I love it!  (Why should that feeling be reserved for only concerts and football games?)

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