Let's Go Beyond the Brick & Mortar. Welcome back to our blog series addressing some of the cultural trends happening around us. We live in a season in which the culture is rapidly changing, and we see it with the rise of many technologies. As I mentioned last week, Uber has revolutionized the taxi industry and streaming music has revolutionized the recording industry. Changes like these should encourage us to consider: Without sacrificing our biblical integrity, how can we further our gospel mission in an ever-changing culture? Last week we looked at the need to be more personal and engaging when people arrive on our campus. As we take this next step in our series, let’s consider the need to build new relationships beyond our campus
As I was finishing seminary, a new scholastic revolution was on the rise. Seminaries like Southeastern were not so much building new buildings, but instead were expanding their student population in a new direction, a virtual one. Online classes have rapidly become the new rage, in which new people become part of a school’s student body while rarely stepping foot on the school campus.
As I write this, I am completely committed to the local church and the importance of people gathering on our physical campus. Yet, as our mission is about leading people into a life-changing relationship with Jesus, I have to admit that new online technologies are not only part of our cultural fabric these days, they can be used well to further our gospel mission. I’ll share more about this next week. Be thinking about what you are seeing around you. -Jason