6 April 2020 | Copenhagen [Jan-Gunnar Wold]
Coronavirus in Denmark has encoureged an entire rethink of web-church. Yes, a number of churches had been live-streaming their services but the closure of all church buildings led to the idea of something more intentional.
When churches closed, a countrywide service was streamed via the Danish Union website, Adventist.dk. However, following feedback concerning people from outside the church having seen the programme, church leaders decided to “look outside our own pool”.
Searching the web for a domain, to their amazement they discovered that “webkirke.dk” (webchurch.dk) was available. From this, the picture emerged of offering a more public service.
The website and newspaper ad invite people to tune in to ‘evangelical sermons’. The aim is to break down preconceptions that some Christians have about Adventists, with the hope that those that become used to seeing the Adventist service on the web will one day find their way to a physical church.
Although there is always room for the number of viewers to grow, the Union leaders find the first results very encouraging and one inspired church member concurs:
“My age makes it difficult to attend church service. We can often see sermons online, but I have missed a ‘Sabbath School class’. I have now with great interest followed the Sabbath School and service online. This means a lot to me. This initiative started during the Corona crisis is very good, but I fear it might stop after the crisis stops! But, thank you for the effort and resources for producing this. I hope and pray that other people outside our own church might also tune in and find it useful.”
tedNEWS Staff: Victor Hulbert, editor; Deana Stojković, associate editor
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