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Phil Cooke Podcast

Jun 9, 2021

The pandemic has created a new hybrid church model of a physical church and online digital church experience. In this interview, Phil Cooke talks with Jonathan Meisner, Sr. Director of Digital Experiences at Life.Church about building an online community in today’s digital age. Topics covered include building trust online, creating personal connections through live chat, ministry team collaboration, volunteer development, storytelling through inspirational videos, camera setup for live streaming and more.


Led by Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel, Life.Church is one of the largest churches in the U.S. with 36 campuses. Creators of the YouVersion Bible app, they’re passionate about equipping individuals to become fully devoted followers of Christ. Life.Church also offers free resources through the Church Online Platform to equip local churches to take their ministry online.


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*More About This Episode* *More About This Episode* Church in the Digital Age: Interview with Jonathan Meisner, Life.Church

Jonathan Meisner has served at Life.Church for over a decade leading many of their digital storytelling and production efforts. He’s passionate about discovering ways the church can inspire people towards action through engaging content and captivating experiences. When he’s not serving the church, you’ll likely find him spending time with his wife, Michelle, and their two boys, Truett and Axell, or trying to stay young at his local CrossFit gym.


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Here’s some quick takeaways from today’s episode:

-Hybrid church: It’s not physical or digital, it’s hybrid. It’s people engaging in both spaces.


-Story is what connects people and helps a story land in a person’s heart.


-Consistency over time is what yields results.


-There’s not a cookie-cutter way to do this [online church]. It all comes back to authenticity and connection.


-It’s tough to do ministry without relationship. The personal connection is incredibly important to Life.Church.


-We don’t recruit volunteers; we release leaders.


-Be okay with leaning into the mentality of adapting to the new digital space… But always work to get people connected to the local church.


-When God calls us to something, we’ve got to be all in.


-We are constantly learning. Assume that posture of learning. Be open to where God’s leading… when you sense the Holy Spirit moving, pour gasoline on that fire. Lean into it because there’s something really special on the other side.