Despite my fear of being labeled a multi-site hater (again!), I am going to post this because I think it causes us to ask some important questions. These questions remind us that every medium we choose affects the message we are trying to send.
Again THIS IS NOT AN ATTACK ON MULTI-SITE!
I just want to ask the question, "How does our medium affect our message?"
I know many people who "attend" church in front of a tele-evangelist or TV preacher or in nature. The problem with this is that they are disconnected from a community. They have reduced the worship (if they really do worship) to nothing more than their receiving. There is no serving. There is no wrestling to "get along" with other people in the community. There is no accountability.
We also know that, while not inherently evil, different mediums of communication affect the way a message is delivered and even the message itself. The ability to write changed the way messages are communicated and changed the art of story-telling forever. The internet has changed the way people read.
Here is an article about changing from a real presence to a virtual presence in the pulpit. The article writer is speaking specifically to the preaching pastor, and their role in being connected to the people to whom they are preaching. Multi-sites really only work if there is a site pastor, so there is a real presence to care for the people. My take on this is that the person preaching must be connected to actual people, and cannot and should not be just a preacher.
What do you think?