The first online church plant, being designed just for the Internet.
We’re launching a new church not in a building, but rather online for today’s highly connected, highly social, media rich world. The world is online, and Studio is launching a new church to meet them there!
Something dramatic has changed. Not long ago most families in America attended a local church. Now it’s estimated by the Hartford Institute of Religion Research that less than 20% of people in America today are actually in church each week. To address this growing need, we’re launching the first online church plant that will be designed just for the Internet.
At Studio we’re motivated by this simple question: “If so many people are not attending any local church, then how do we as the Church introduce them to God’s amazing grace and love found in Jesus?” How do we as the Church, stay true to our mission to “Go into all the world” and reach these people that God so loves?
Our vision is to innovate how church is done online by leveraging the power of the Internet and digital technologies.
The FIRST Online Church Designed Just for the Internet
We’re planting the first online church, that will be designed just for the Internet. By focusing our efforts online, we believe we’ll be able to reach new people with God’s amazing grace & love found in Jesus.
The FIRST Crowdsourced Church
We’re creating the first church that will use the power of online crowdsourcing to create a quality church, something that has not even been possible until now. Using technology and the Internet, we’ll be able to gather our ministry teams from anywhere in the United States, and from all over the world. For example, our worship leader may live in Colorado, our social media pastor in Florida, and our discipleship pastor in Australia. By tapping into the power of online crowdsourcing by way of technology and the Internet, we’ll have a large selection of talented volunteers that can be involved.
The FIRST Online Church Service Designed Just for the Internet
Studio’s online church service will be different by design. Although many churches post their services online, Studio’s church service will go where no online church service has gone before! Built from the ground up, Studio will fully utilize today’s internet and digital technologies to create a church service that is truly like no other. Each Studio service will be unique, unpredictable, and filled with creative elements that are produced locally, and gathered from all over the world. Studio’s creative team will include people from around the world with a variety of backgrounds, interests, and talents.
Extending Our Reach Through Social Media
Studio’s outreach strategy includes repurposing the content used for our online church services, and turning it into micro content for use on our social media channels, extending our reach around the world.
Follow-Up & Growth
Studio will provide quality resources for people who attend our online services. Whether someone has a spiritual need, or wants to discover how to take their next step with God, our Follow-Up and Spiritual Growth Track will be there to help them each step of the way.
Creating A Bridge Between the Church and the World
Studio is an online church that’s also being designed to serve as a front door to the local Church. When we introduce new people online to God’s amazing grace & love, we believe a natural next step will be for them at attend a local church service.
Creative – So the World Understands
Studio’s online church service will be designed to speak in the language of our culture so that people who have never attended a church, can relate to the message. At Studio we believe that the right content – delivered in the right way – can open eyes and hearts to God’s amazing grace & love found in Jesus. Studio will also be a place where creative Christians can discover, develop, and deploy their talents to help reach new people for Christ.
The video below is a sample of the type of media we’ll use to reach new people with God’s amazing grace & love. This reality-tv style video shows a couple behind closed doors on the brink of divorce. We’ve found when we use the power of media to visually illustrate scenes from real life, it helps them see their need.
Hi, I’m Barry Whitlow – Founder/Minister at Studio Church & the Community Church Service.
Over the past twenty years I’ve had a number of professions, but I’ve really had only one job – helping churches use technology and the Internet to accomplish their mission. Through the years I’ve been honored to have served churches as a pastor, large church staff pastor, media director, video producer, social media specialist, and website designer.
A few things about me. I’m husband to my amazing wife Dana, and have six amazing children that I adore (final score: Girls-4, Boys-2). I worked as a stuntman on two movies, was a pit crew member on a NASCAR Cup team, and owned a seafood restaurant that according to our customers served the world’s best calabash shrimp!
One of my greatest joys is seeing new people discover for the first time, God’s amazing grace and love found in Jesus.