Don't just take my word for it, though. Consider the fact that more and more churches every year are leveraging online small groups. Every time I attend another small-group conference, I meet more people like myself who are experiencing very real, very powerful Christian community through online small groups.
I believe online groups work for three simple reasons:
- Online groups take less time (driving to and from group), so they help eliminate the "I don't have time" excuse.
- Satan is dominating the war for online territory, and God honors our efforts when we fight to claim online territory for Christ's sake.
- Online community is proven. Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites have proven that community can successfully take place online. We can deny it and have experts point out all the reasons that it is bad, or we can jump in and leverage online community for the sake of Christ's Kingdom.
Hundreds of millions of people are experiencing community online every day, and it's definitely time for Christians to get involved.
—Alan Danielson is the Senior Pastor of New Life Bible Church in Norman, Oklahoma. Alan is a popular conference speaker and consults regularly with ministries and leaders on topics relating to small groups and leadership. Learn more from Alan at www.3Threat.net.