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Church Online is relatively new, and while many churches are broadcasting services online, few are developing a digital strategy using Church Online. What if your church looked at Church Online as a digital mission field? What if church online was used to create biblical community? For church planting? For launching multisite campuses? Can discipleship happen online? What if we used Church Online to make disciples, empowering them with Gospel to reach their family and friends? All of a sudden, Church Online isn't an afterthought. It's vital. This, and more, through The Church Digital Podcast.

The Church Digital Podcast Jeff Reed

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Church Online is relatively new, and while many churches are broadcasting services online, few are developing a digital strategy using Church Online. What if your church looked at Church Online as a digital mission field? What if church online was used to create biblical community? For church planting? For launching multisite campuses? Can discipleship happen online? What if we used Church Online to make disciples, empowering them with Gospel to reach their family and friends? All of a sudden, Church Online isn't an afterthought. It's vital. This, and more, through The Church Digital Podcast.

    EP294 - Barbara Carneiro & Focusing Digital Communications for Church

    EP294 - Barbara Carneiro & Focusing Digital Communications for Church

    In this conversation, Jeff Reed and Barbara Carneiro discuss their personal experiences and challenges related to church communications. They talk about the importance of defining and understanding your audience, and how to humanize the concept of an audience by thinking about who is sitting at your table. They also discuss the tension between who you want your church to be and who you are actually reaching, and the need to focus on the connections you have rather than trying to change and recruit new ones. The conversation explores the tension between who we want to become and who we are currently reaching. It discusses the importance of being intentional in our connections and focusing on a specific audience. The concept of being viral within a small setting is highlighted, emphasizing the power of being clear in our messaging and targeting a specific group. The cost of letting go and the faith required to trust that God will bring the right people to us is also discussed. In this conversation, Jeff Reed and Barbara Carneiro discuss the importance of clarity and language in ministry and digital communication. They emphasize the need for individuals and organizations to have a clear vision and message that can be easily understood and shared. They also discuss the challenges and opportunities of fundraising in ministry and the importance of storytelling in casting vision. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the Church Digital's upcoming learning community on church communications.

    QUOTES
    "Who's sitting at your table?"
    "There has to be a table somewhere for that person because God is that good."
    "The more I can humanize that vision, the easier it will be for me to speak to them."
    "We can connect with people from different places than just our age"
    "Accelerating the path towards somebody"
    "We're trying to find them and they're praying to find us"
    "I want to be the person that reveals the heartbeat of the people around me."
    "It's interesting because you're recognizing that different platforms have different target audiences."
    "If you're not the best at what you do, then you need to find what you're the best at and go do that."

    TAKEAWAYS
    Define and understand your audience by thinking about who is sitting at your table
    Humanize the concept of an audience by focusing on the people you are actually reaching
    Recognize the tension between who you want your church to be and who you are currently reaching
    Focus on the connections you have and build relationships with them Be intentional in our connections and focus on a specific audience
    Being viral within a small setting can be more effective than trying to reach everyone
    The cost of letting go is worth the payoff of narrowing our focus
    Trust that God will bring the right people to us when we are clear in our messaging and targeting
    Control where we show up, how we show up, and how frequently we show up Clarity and language are essential in ministry and digital communication.
    Having a clear vision and message that is easily understood and shared is crucial.
    Fundraising in ministry requires casting vision and attaching a story to it.
    Creating a portable movement allows for growth and expansion beyond oneself.
    Niche focus and targeted communications are key to success in the digital space.
    The Church Digital is hosting a learning community on church communications.


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    EP293 - Andy Mage & Building Deeper Relationships Embracing Asynchronous Community

    EP293 - Andy Mage & Building Deeper Relationships Embracing Asynchronous Community

    In this episode, Jeff Reed and Andy Mage discuss the concept of asynchronous community and its potential for churches. They define an asynchronous community as communication that does not happen in real time, such as through text messages, social media, or online forums.

    They emphasize that asynchronous community goes beyond simple conversation and engagement, fostering deeper relationships, support networks, spiritual growth, and involvement in service. They share personal experiences, forming meaningful relationships through online gaming and message boards.

    They also address whether these relationships are real and argue they can lead to discipleship and authentic community. In this conversation, Andy and Jeff discuss the importance of building real relationships in the digital space and the role of asynchronous communication in creating community.

    They highlight the need for churches to embrace hybrid models that combine physical and digital interactions. They also emphasize the value of personality and humor in building community and the importance of listening and engaging with people in digital spaces. The conversation concludes with previewing upcoming events and initiatives in The Church Digital Discord server.

    QUOTES
    Paul was doing asynchronous community 2,000 years ago."
    "Asynchronous community is that thing that we try to derive from in all of our church engagements."
    "I had some of the most deep conversations that I've ever had in my entire life over a headset on my Xbox controller."
    "There is no barrier between digital and physical. What they see on their phone, what they grew up with, that's what they know."
    "The connections that we have should be led into community, and within that community is where we see discipleship happen."

    TIMELINE
    00:00 Introduction and Overview
    12:53 Defining Asynchronous Community
    26:25 Are Online Relationships Real?
    33:01 The Potential of Asynchronous Community for Discipleship
    36:59 Building Real Relationships in the Digital Space
    43:28 The Importance of Community and Discipleship
    48:03 Finding Community Before Finding Christ
    52:27 Taking the First Step in Building Community
    01:03:56 Setting the Example for Asynchronous Communication
    01:09:19 The Vision for The Church Digital Discord


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    • 1 hr 16 min
    EP292 - DK Hammonds and the State of the African American Digital Church

    EP292 - DK Hammonds and the State of the African American Digital Church

    Navigating the Digital Landscape: The African American Church's Path Forward

    How the Digital Church is Reshaping Worship, Community, and Engagement in the African American Context

    The African American church has long been a cornerstone of community, spirituality, and resistance. However, as the world shifts towards a more digital-centric approach, these churches face unique challenges and opportunities. In episode 292 of the TCD podcast, hosted by Jeff Reed, guest DK Hammonds sheds light on the state of the African American digital church, emphasizing the potential for growth and the need for a nuanced approach to technology.



    The Digital Divide and Community Engagement

    One of the pivotal points discussed by DK Hammonds is the "digital divide"—the gap between demographics and regions that have access to modern information and communications technology, and those that don't. African American churches, often at the heart of communities with limited technological resources, find themselves on the challenging side of this divide. Hammonds underscores the importance of acknowledging this gap and taking proactive steps to bridge it, not only through investment in technology but also through tailored digital discipleship programs that meet community members where they are.



    Hybrid Models: Integrating Digital and Physical Spaces

    Hammonds advocates for the adoption of hybrid models, which blend online and offline interactions to enhance the worship experience. This approach not only helps in reaching a broader audience but also supports church members who may prefer the convenience and accessibility of digital services. A notable example is the "Barbecue Church" led by Clarence Stowers and Andre Anderson, which successfully integrates physical and digital elements to create a vibrant community space.



    Quality of Digital Worship

    The conversation also delves into the quality of digital worship experiences, where Hammonds stresses the need for high-quality video and sound. The effectiveness of a digital sermon, he notes, depends significantly on how well pastors can engage with their audience through these mediums. Not all pastors may naturally excel in this space, suggesting a need for training and development to help clergy adapt to these new forms of engagement.



    Moving Forward: Embracing Change

    In concluding, Hammonds calls for senior church leadership to embrace technological change actively. He emphasizes faith, calling, and the global outreach of ministry as core aspects that can guide African American churches as they navigate this digital transition.



    Conclusion:

    As African American churches map their digital pathways, the road ahead involves more than just adopting technology. It requires a clear vision for how digital tools can enhance spiritual practices, community engagement, and worship quality. The insights shared by DK Hammonds during his discussion with Jeff Reed on the TCD podcast highlight not only the challenges but also the profound opportunities for growth and outreach. Through a thoughtful and inclusive approach, the African American digital church can continue to be a powerful beacon of hope and connectivity in an increasingly digital world.



    TIMECODE

    0:00 Introduction, Live Recording

    13:15 African Americans prefer diverse or specific worship.

    16:06 Inclusion of diverse African diaspora in America.

    23:42 Prioritize helping those less financially fortunate.

    28:20 Many African American churches use live streams.

    36:10 Promoting local church, fostering community, digital integration.

    41:47 Creating digital church with real community challenge.

    42:34 Hybrid model for church embraces digital services.

    52:45 Have faith, be called, find passionate partners.

    58:33 Understanding, empathy, truth, risky, allyship, internal work.

    01:03:07 Explore podcasts, ask for guidance, do the work.

    01:04:57 Sharing resources, wrapping up podcast recording. Goodbye.


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    EP291 - Jeff Celebrates 5 Years of The Church Digital Podcast

    EP291 - Jeff Celebrates 5 Years of The Church Digital Podcast

    The Evolution of Digital Ministry: Celebrating Milestones and Embracing the Future

    The Church Digital Podcast is brought to you by Riverside. Check out how Riverside can help your church's content-creation process - ⁠http://thechurch.digital/riverside

    As we mark the five-year anniversary of The Church Digital Podcast and the 24-year anniversary of Jeff Reed's first digital ministry venture with ebeliever.com, it's a time of reflection on the leaps and strides made in integrating technology with faith practice.

    In January 2000, Jeff Reed embarked on an ambitious project to create ebeliever.com, a pre-social media online Christian community that offered connection through discussion boards, music, and sermons – all at the frontier of digital technology. They were the trailblazers in using technology to foster spiritual community, encoding sermons and conducting online Bible studies long before channels like YouTube became the norm.

    The podcast announces the Resilient Church webinar series, focusing on melding connection and community through digital means, an essential conversation in our increasingly online world. Digital ministry is forward-thinking, and these webinars will highlight vibrant discourses from April to September, paving the way for more inclusive and technologically adapted church practices.

    Jeff Reed shares his vision of a distributed podcast network, which eschews the expansion of a single podcast for a collaborative, wealth-distributing model. This revolutionary idea emphasizes leadership that seeds and nurtures multiple platforms, resonating with the biblical principle of growth through multiplication.

    Reflecting on a harrowing server crash in 2003 that brought down ebeliever.com, Reed highlights the importance of partnership. The path of innovation can be isolating, so finding colleagues like Ray, who supported him through tough times, underscores the importance of community—not just in building a digital church but in the personal lives of those leading the way.

    The podcast looks forward to divergent conversations with thought leaders like Peyton Jones on virtual reality church planting, offering listeners a glance into how conventional church planting paradigms are transforming in the modern age.

    As we surmise from the narrative of The Church Digital Podcast and ebeliever.com, the intersection of technology and spirituality has indeed seen a paradigm shift. From mere supplemental tools for ministry, digital platforms have burgeoned into central pillars supporting the spread of the Gospel and the cultivation of community. Still, challenges such as technological hiccups, resistance, and the critical need for strategic partnerships remind us that the journey is a continuous learning process.And so, as we tune in to upcoming interviews, discussions, and webinars, we do so with recognition of the past, appreciation for the present, and eager anticipation for what lies on the horizon for digital faith communities. Cheers to 291 episodes, and here's to the countless more that will continue to inform, inspire, and connect believers across the digital universe.

    05:42 Resilient Church webinar for physical church utilization.13:59 Embracing distributed leadership for Metaverse church director.16:08 Choosing digital church was a unique move.23:06 Ed Stetzer success story: started pre-COVID, soared.27:19 Major tech issues during worst presentation ever.34:45 Celebrating podcast anniversary and 24-year business milestone.38:44 eBeliever.com created youth group websites, online Bible studies.46:49 Smuggling Bibles in various countries, exciting stories.50:24 Jim Tomberlin, a multi-site movement pioneer.57:06 Supportive wife, family judgment, seeking empathy.01:00:13 The eBeliever.com Story


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    EP290 - Jeff Talks New Website, Discord, and a New Online Era

    EP290 - Jeff Talks New Website, Discord, and a New Online Era

    Navigating Digital Transformation: TCD Unveils a New Online Era

    The Church Digital Podcast is brought to you by Riverside. Check out how Riverside can help your church's content-creation process - http://thechurch.digital/riverside

    In an age where digital presence has become integral to every organization, TCD is no exception.

    Ep290 of TCD podcast reveals a transformative period for our digital church. Helmed by host Jeff Reed and his leadership team including Andy Mage, Barbara Carnero, JMO, Jason Morris, and flat cap Layton, TCD is marching into a new era of online engagement and spiritual outreach. The unveiling of our new website, the move to Discord, and an invigorating branding overhaul highlight our renewed commitment to fostering community and faith in the digital realm.

    Recognizing the importance of an updated online home, TCD has launched a new website designed to streamline our digital presence. Since 2018, the website had not seen significant updates—until now. Barbara Carnero was pivotal in understanding and crafting a web design that reflects TCD’s vision. By incorporating people-focused elements and reducing clutter from multiple calls-to-action, we aim to create a simplified, direct path to community building. This is a space where technology doesn't overshadow human touch, where images of life within our digital community take center stage over excessive digital effects.

    In a strategic move to enhance interaction and fellowship, TCD transitions from Mighty Networks to Discord. This new platform choice reflects a keen understanding of demographic preferences, particularly the adeptness of Discord users with technology. With the launch of our Discord server, we invite our community to engage more deeply and dynamically. This innovative approach is a testament to our adaptability and commitment to leveraging modern tools for spiritual connection.

    In this episode, Jeff Reed shares a personal, poignant narrative of health struggles and the mental battle with theodicy. His transparency shines a light on the all-too-human aspect of leadership and underscores the need for a distributed, supportive community within TCD. The commitment to power through challenges and the surprise announcement regarding leadership hint at exciting developments, reinforcing that our mission is not mere branding, but service unto God.

    Jeff Reed elaborates on the importance of allowing technology to further the mission of the church. This episode celebrates the collaboration with Riverside for superior recording quality, a move that represents TCD’s investment in high-caliber content delivery. With the livestreaming capabilities on Discord, the podcast aims to transcend cultural and environmental barriers, bringing the message of TCD to new digital frontiers.

    As TCD aligns its leadership and community strategies with the digital church framework, we are setting the stage for a new chapter characterized by connection, discipleship, and multiplication. The podcast concludes with Jeff encouraging patience as we engage with the beta phase of new digital endeavors and draws parallels to Gmail's humble beginnings. His call for equipment and experimentation within our digital model signifies a bold willingness to redefine what church looks like in the 21st century.


    05:26 Streamed on Tuesday, celebrating community changes. Check it out.
    12:32 Busy morning with unexpected online interactions.
    20:03 Welcoming new team member creates strong connection.
    24:08 Mixed feelings about switching to Discord from Facebook.
    31:46 Reaching new people digitally, time for change.
    32:51 Paused streaming to find Luke 647 in Bible.
    38:36 Requesting login. Digging unsuccessful. Found imposter on TikTok.
    48:05 Struggling with health, fatigue, and uncertainty about diagnosis.
    54:29 Expressing gratitude and excitement for future prospects.
    01:00:01 Contemplating symbolism, purpose, and the team's direction.

    Host: Jeff Reed Founder,

    • 1 hr 3 min
    EP289 - Jeff Talks Beer, Multiplication, and the Digital Church

    EP289 - Jeff Talks Beer, Multiplication, and the Digital Church

    Navigating Digital Multiplication and Fostering Global Church Leadership

    The Church Digital Podcast is brought to you by Riverside. Check out how Riverside can help your church's content-creation process - HTTP://THECHURCH.DIGITAL/RIVERSIDE

    ### Rethinking Ministry in the Digital Age

    Jeff Reed invites us to deeply reflect on the transformation of church dynamics in the digital context. He shares his experiences and the economic challenges he faced managing a Christian store, emphasizing how those situations served as a catalyst for his digital ministry journey. Jeff advocates for a paradigm shift in how we perceive and operate church functions online, closely aligning with the fundamental Biblical principles and embracing the distinctive opportunities provided by the digital world.

    ### The Essence of Multiplication

    The episode delves into the vital role of multiplication in church growth. Jeff passionately argues for the significance of mentoring and empowering the upcoming generation of church leaders. His dedication is rooted in the philosophy that true growth comes from nurturing selfless, God-centered leadership rather than pursuing personal or organizational gain.

    ### Deepening Digital Discipleship and Community

    Jeff emphasizes that the digital sphere is not merely a platform for sermon distribution, but a fertile ground for cultivating genuine community and engaging in meaningful discipleship. He references 'The Other Half of Church' to corroborate the science-backed notion that the strength of discipleship is exponentially magnified within communal bonds, even when facilitated online.

    ### Vision for the Metaverse’s Role in Church Planting

    Looking forward, Jeff touches on the burgeoning potential of the metaverse in revolutionizing church planting strategies. He envisions a future where the digital landscape hosts a plethora of small, relational churches that prioritize discipleship and are designed to proliferate and make a global impact.

    ### Conclusion: A Clarion Call for a Paradigm Shift

    In conclusion, Jeff calls for church leaders and digital missionaries to embrace the inherent complexities of church expansion in digital spaces. He urges a collective mindset shift from building monolithic entities towards fostering a network of smaller, interconnected churches. This approach champions relationships and discipleship at its core, inviting an iterative process of ongoing community building and leadership development that transcends traditional boundaries and paves the way for substantial kingdom work in the digital age.



    TIMELINE


    00:00 Jeff talks to church digital family weekly.
    08:21 Horror story of Easter work leads change.
    14:08 Ybor City & Whitebeard's Unconventional Ministry.
    19:54 Join our community at http://discord.thechurch.digital
    24:55 Fashion company redefines marketing for Gen Z.
    27:06 Early church dispersed, spreading ideas, digital space.
    34:28 Seeking next generation leaders for church digital.
    38:11 Mark prioritizes Nerd Culture Ministry over personal gain.
    47:00 Lost money in business, but led to 100 conversions.
    50:27 Supporting grief through community and faith resources.
    57:31 Reaching people in South Africa requires local understanding.
    01:05:40 Upcoming podcast plans, lots of exciting content.

    Host: Jeff Reed Founder, The Church Digital

    QUESTIONS/RESOURCES

    1. How does Jeff Reed’s philosophy on The Church Digital align with traditional views on church growth, and where does it diverge?

    2. What unique challenges did Jeff face when integrating physical evangelism efforts at the c28 store with his digital ministry ambitions?

    4. Considering Jeff's 106-hour Easter 2011 horror story, how can church leaders ensure that their passion for ministry does not lead to burnout?

    5. Jeff speaks about the importance of being less so God can become more, as per John 3:30. How can church leaders practice this selflessness in the context of growing digital congregations?

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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Awesomesauce 2.0 ,

Jeff and the squad are the best around!

Love his heart for the church and the fact he’s been doing church online long before most thought it mattered.

Rey De Armas ,

The Podcast we didn’t know we needed

As the Church continues to innovate, we need to share information as much as possible. Enter the Church Digital. Hearing from Jay Kranda & other leaders in this space is awesome.

RUNwithGOD ,

Learning more about Church Online

I love talking people about how their church is using Church Online! Every episode I’m learning something, or being encouraged by someone. Hope you are too.

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