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10 Helpful Online Campus Tips

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Last month, we took a closer look at expanding your church through an online campus. Often called an internet campus, iCampus, cyber church, digital church, virtual church, or even church in the cloud, expanding online is a great way to expand your reach–without expanding your physical space. Below are ten helpful online campus tips as you prepare to expand your campus virtually:

Tip #1

An online campus is another “neighborhood” full of people far from God and not limited by geography or the size of a building.

Tip #2

Online campuses won’t be seen as a “real” campus unless you see online relationships as legitimate.

Tip #3

Successful online campuses have a heart, so appoint a dedicated online campus pastor to provide care for those online.

Tip #4

Determine the goal and priorities of your online campus. Is it outreach? Member care? Church marketing?

Tip #5

Go to school on other churches doing online campuses well. Most will be glad to share what they have learned.

Tip #6

Smart churches make it easy to give digitally online.

Tip #7

Create a digital community with your online campus by integrating social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.

Tip #8

Decide ahead of time how your online campus will handle communion and baptism (it will come up).

Tip #9

Online campuses cost less than a building but more than you think, so budget for a small staff, quality equipment, streaming fees, etc.

Tip #10

An online campus is a worldwide campus, so be sensitive to world events, holidays, and America-centric attitudes. Be as inclusive as possible.

Jim Tomberlin
Jim Tomberlinhttp://multisitesolutions.com
Jim Tomberlin began his multi-site church journey in the mid-1990s when he was the senior pastor of Woodmen Valley Chapel. In 2000 he went on to pioneer the multi-site model at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. Since 2005 he has been consulting and coaching churches in developing and implementing multi-campus strategies. As Founder and Senior Strategist of MultiSite Solutions , Jim leads a seasoned team of practitioner specialists who can help you maximize the redemptive potential of your church.

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