Episode 530: Should I Launch Fully Online?

In Episode 530 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Todd discuss if it is better to launch online or in-person.

“What are your thoughts on launching fully online in the Spring of 2021 and then going to a physical launch for the church in the Fall? Is this a good idea? Is this a bad idea? Is it sustainable from Spring to Fall? What things need to be in place prior to doing some of it? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages to doing it? And would you recommend doing it considering the presence of COVID and likely the ongoing continued presence of COVID at that time?”

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • Why it is important to have some in-person gathering
  • The benefits to launching small

 Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “If Spring looks like what most the states look like now, then yes it is a great idea as long as you have groups and those groups meet in person.” – @toddadkins
  • “You are competing against anybody in the world, not just the church down the street that you can get to, because I can get to any church online.” – @toddadkins
  • “The thing that is really rising to the surface in the midst of COVID is the importance of local connections, of neighboring with one another, and the importance of lingering and being incarnational and contextual in your neighborhood. That is what is the stickiest thing.” – @danielsangi
  • “If you are launching physically in groups before you launch online, then I think it could work. But, if launching fully online in the Spring means that is when you get started and you are hoping to do a physical launch in the Fall, I think you should actually flip it.” – @danielsangi
  • “Push online as much as you can, because as a church planter your greatest strength is the time you can spend building into people and discipling people because you don’t have all the other baggage a traditional church may have.” – @danielsangi
  • “Honestly, until COVID is done and everything goes back to some semblance of normal, I would throw away the whole launch large strategy.” – @danielsangi
  • “How do you launch strong and small? You can be sustainable.” – @danielsangi

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Published September 28, 2020

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