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Join me! Live Church Online Events in England & Ireland Church Online events in England & Ireland June 2013 Church Online events in England & Ireland June 2013

Willow Creek UK & Ireland is partnering with for a special regional event. As’s Church Online Community Pastor, I am honored to share about the global reach of Church Online and how a partnership might play a part in local church mission in the UK. 

Come and join with other leaders in your region and explore the opportunities that a partnership with Church Online presents. You will be inspired by what you hear!

June 3 Stafford, England
June 4 Scunthorpe, England
June 5 London, England (SW11 1EJ)
June 6 Bracknell, England
June 7 Bangor, N. Ireland

For more specific details on the events in June, check out

What is Church Online?

As long as there is even one soul hurting, Church Online will be a place to encounter God and people who care through:

Global Reach. Church Online reaches people who live in countries without the freedom to worship Christ, people who don’t live near a campus, military families stationed abroad, those searching for answers online, and millions more. In 2012, 4.8 million unique visitors in more than 220 countries and territories attended Church Online at

Shared Experience. There are more than 50 experience times at Church Online that share worship, a community pastor, and a powerful message delivered by Pastor Craig Groeschel just like at a location.

Real Community. Church Online at is a community of people all over the world experiencing God and connecting with one another like never before in history. People from all walks of life experience church together in real-time including live chat and one-on-one prayer with a passionate volunteer.

Changed Lives. You can change the life of someone you know who lives far from a your physical location or isn’t quite ready to walk through the doors. Invite someone you know to attend a Church Online at service at

Join the Team. By accepting people where they are with love, incredible life change happens every week. That’s only possible because of the hundreds of volunteers with a passion to serve. This is your chance to be a global missionary in a digital world. Details at

5 Steps to Becoming an Online Prayer Whiz

My jaw drops open when I review the list of partners and observe the growing number of online churches worldwide these days. At the risk of sounding like your great-grandmother, I remember the days when no one knew what an online church was.

Today there are hundreds (if not thousands) of people ministering to others online around the globe. Some of you are trained online prayer volunteers, and some of you have simply taken opportunities to pray for others as they come. You’ll all needed.

When I consult churches who have online outreach ministries, they often communicate that finding online prayer volunteers can prove to be difficult. Here are my suggestions for helping prayer warriors minister well online:

1) Make it personal. Remember that your individual prayers aren’t being broadcast for the whole world to read. Typed out prayers in a chat room are just as heartfelt and personal when you keep in mind to Whom you’re praying and the person for whom you’re praying.

2) Be prepared. As with a local prayer ministry, volunteers who show up to serve without having taken the time to seek God and read His Word on their own are not prepared.

3) Be bold. The person who has asked you to pray for him can exit the chat room at any time. Don’t water down your prayers in the hopes of dragging him along on a mediocre experience with God. Pray (and type out) the words that come to mind from the Holy Spirit and leave the person’s response (acceptance or rejection) up to him.

4) Respect the opportunity. I suggest each team have more than one prayer volunteer if possible so that you’re not left alone to juggle prayer sessions with multiple people. Each individual has a unique need, and every situation matters deeply to God.

5) Get out there. I’ve been told by people who are prayer warriors that they’re uncomfortable using their gift in an online setting. We receive God’s gifts and are to use them as He leads. Please don’t limit your gift for use only in face to face settings. Millions of people around the world are seeking God online and you could be His helper in reaching them!

Have you ever prayed for someone in an online setting? What was the experience like?

I was fired.

I was asked to leave, and being fired meant I could run after what was in my heart.

How do you really feel about your cause? If you don’t assess your commitment, you won’t be ready for a change in circumstances that forces you to make a choice.

I was once invited to serve in a church overseas, was then notified a person in this particular church requested that the online ministry I was involved in be investigated by a third party, and – though our online ministry was deemed appropriate by the powers that be – I was asked to choose between the local church and participating in the online outreach. In my mind, it was an “and” situation; in their minds it was a case of “or”.

I’ll never forget the phone conversation with the lovely foreign accent on the other end of the line asking, “Dana, you’re not going to give up this Internet church thing, are you?”

My answer was clear, firm, and said with all the passion I felt for reaching people online with the love of Christ. “No.”

So I was asked to leave. They didn’t want to encourage something they felt wasn’t biblical.

Since that phone call in October 2008, I’ve been lied about, mis-quoted, and misunderstood regarding my passion for getting the Gospel out globally via the Internet. Wrong assumptions have been made. Fortunes have been spent. Years have been devoted. And it’s all been worth it.

For which cause will you take arrows to the back?

Free Download: A Social Media Christmas

Would you like to be social media savvy by Christmas? Download your free guide to using social media during the month of December to engage your network in spiritual conversations. Remember – we’re not out to condemn and rack up conversions. We are relational beings and connecting to our social network is the key to one day having the opportunity to share our hope in Christ with them. So start taking steps towards knowing your online friends better this month!

Use this guide to:

* Create church Facebook page content for Christmas

* Share your faith via social media

* Guide Church Online chat room conversations

* Train your team how to use Twitter and Facebook to be evangelisic

What are you waiting for?  Open up your gift from!

I LOVE helping you be the church, online.



Spiritual Art – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

This is a beautiful visual example of what online volunteers like you and me encounter every day on church online, Facebook, Twitter, and in our email inboxes.

What questions or comments not included in this video have you heard from those you’ve ministered to online?


Church Online Chat Room Faux Pas

Don’t be like the creepy guy in high school who wanted you to wear his class ring moments into your first date.

Recently I attended a new online church that’s based in America for the first time. The message was excellent, and I was moved to share a comment in the chat room.  But…when I tried to type a comment I discovered I’d have to register a new account to participate.  Suddenly I forgot what I’d wanted to say and was a little put off…and I’ve been part of The Church for decades now. Imagine if someone who is far from God were met with a registration form. I bet she’d close the experience widow just like I did, perhaps never to return.

The irony here is that church online critics say it exists for lazy people and that community really can’t occur via online evangelism. My experience over the past 5 years – starting at then planting online churches in other languages through – is those accusations are totally false. People want to talk with you and discuss what’s being shared in your online messages.  They have questions.  Your online church might be the only honest attempt a person makes at seeking God.  Don’t turn them away and risk ruining the opportunity for community by asking them to give you information before interacting.

It’s been explained to me before that some online churches require registration as a means for opening the door to relationship with casual attendees and not letting them slip away without contact. I say if you’ve launched an online church to add peoples’ names to a registry or e-mail list you’ve missed the point. They may never attend your local church. I encourage you to plant spiritual seeds in their lives when they give your message the time of day and leave the rest up to God.

The bottom line is registration signifies commitment, and that’s asking a lot from the people for whom I believe online church exists.  Let’s all consider changing our platforms or processes in order to lower the barriers to entry for our church online attendees.

Agree or disagree?

Check out yesterday’s Online Ministry poll results on Facebook about registration at online churches to learn more.


Resource for Church Online Newbies

New to the concept of Church Online?

Considering launching your own online church?

Confused by handling a quiet chat room, managing volunteers, or all the technology solutions out there dedicated to online ministry?

“LIKE” the Online Ministry Facebook page! We’re creating a community here that will share information, opinions, and experiences with each other so we all grow.  The best way for this to happen is for you to like the page, ask or answer a question, and watch what God does for us all!


Meet our Partner in Ethiopia!

I have been praying and planning to visit the US this October.

The objectives of my trip to the USA are:

  • To learn from leaders in different strategies in Orlando and Dallas Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Meet Dana Byers and learn from her experience on Church Online (we are in process of launching one online church in Ethiopia by 2012)
  • connect with churches and individuals for ministry partnerships in different states
God has given me opportunity to serve in the Southern and Eastern Africa Virtually Led Movement strategy in Campus Crusade for Christ. I use the Internet, cellphone and other media tools for ministry.  For the last 3 years since I joined on staff, I have seen God’s hand working on my life and via this ministry God is changing many lives.
I am inviting you to give for this leadership development and experience sharing trip to the US. I am left with total amount of $700.
To contribute online go to

Thank you,
Miheret Tilahun

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Please consider assisting Miheret in his travel expenses.  Our family looks forward to hosting him in our home next month!


How NOT to spend your birthday…(And a surprise!)

Tomorrow is my birthday and I am thrilled to share an exciting present from our non-profit organization to those of you around the world who want to minister online.  It’s a brand new way can fulfill it’s vision of Helping You Be the Church, Online. 

Come back tomorrow to find out!


PS – And seriously, friends, don’t beg me to tell you.  I’m so pumped about this that I can barely keep my lips zipped.  ;)

Did You Forget?

2 Easily-Forgotten Facts About the Gospel

1) We carry it within; the Holy Spirit being ready to work through us at every moment.

2) People all around us (local and online) desperately need it.


If we would remember and act upon these two facts, our world would change.


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