“The times they are a-changin’.”
Bob Dylan wrote his classic song in 1963, during the throes of the 60’s Revolution. It was a time where massive social change happened across the American landscape. Demonstrations, protests and riots erupted everywhere, and there was a noticeable shift in the way people lived their lives.
The church was changing to. As the social landscape around it was aflame, with change, they wrestled with philosophical questions. Would we integrate? Would we engage in social justice? Would we change our services to engage with the students of the 60’s? Would we embrace the latest technology and innovation to better serve people?
Fifty years later, the times are still a changing for the world and the church. For many around the world, there is a loss of hope with the prevalence of poverty, violence, lack of education, loss of family and more. As the world figuratively burns, the church looks to see how to best engage with people.
For me, this is one of the reasons Christ Community Church is launching the Online Campus. It’s about reflecting Jesus to a world that is in need of hope, redemption and salvation. It’s about engaging with people, with the love of Jesus, in a format that is natural to them. It’s about being on the frontlines instead of on the sidelines. It’s about reaching an audience, a generation, a world that might have only heard a faint echo of who Jesus is.
I’m excited that on February 5, 2012, Christ Community Church will go live with its Online Campus. I’m excited about the possibilities to better love, serve and teach people, the community, and world, around us in a creative and effective way. I can’t wait to see how we make disciples of Jesus for Kingdom impact in this burgeoning online format.
I invite you to be a part of this community as we follow Jesus.