What about video?

There has been an enormous proliferation recently of churches that are starting satellite campuses and instead of having a Teaching Pastor on campus, are using a video feed of the Pastor from the main campus to deliver the message. I have spent a great deal of time over the past couple of years thinking through this concept. I am finally beginning to come to a few conclusions in regards to it. I would be curious to hear your thoughts, however. Below is a video from Pastor Mark Driscoll, of Mars Hill Church, explaining why their church has joined this wave of churches using video as a major means of communication. I’m curious to hear your thoughts after watching this video.

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

2 thoughts on “What about video?

  1. Funny, not 5 minutes ago I was on the Mars Hill website trying to watch this same video. I’m on a bad internet connection so I can’t see the vid now, but something that came to my mind was a story I recently read in our small town newspaper about an old Methodist circuit preacher that rode a mule through here a hundred years ago. Same pastor, different congregations. It still goes on today in our area with the Episcopal and Lutheran churches.

    It was about 4 or 5 years ago when I first heard about satellite churches having their Sunday message piped in each week and I wasn’t too sure about it at first. Seemed like each location should have their own pastor preaching. Then I realized a couple of years ago that I was basically doing the same thing for myself. Forced to be in a drought of dry preaching each week, I started heavily utilizing the media library at Mars Hill, and I still download weekly from there as well as from other churches. Let’s face it, there are preachers out there who are gifted by God with the ability to deliver a message, and even if I never meet these pastors, I’m just thankful to be well fed.

  2. If it works, I’m not against it, but I would prefer to NOT attend a video fed church if possible. I’ve been in “overflow” a few times in my life, and the “vibe” in the room is very different to being in the same room as the speaker. I think the main problem is NOT that the teaching doesn’t get passed on; the problem is that the SPEAKER cannot react to the congregation, so he doesn’t do the “little things” like feed off their attention, their laughter, or their LACK of attention.

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