• Darren, the author did not state the the internet has fostered a new online intimacy, but that Millenials “have been the key movers in social media, which has fostered a new online intimacy.” A point with which I completely agree. Just as more and more people are conducting business online, I can foresee a time when more and more people will worship online. There are a lot of ministry opportunities online and more will be available. Just because there are some who are more abusive or aggressive does not preclude many from doing good online as well. In addition, with the advent of Skype, Google+ Hangouts, etc., “face-to-face” discipleship online will be more and more likely.

  • Agree with Darren & the general tenor of the post. This will be fascinating to watch over the next two decades

  • Good thoughts. Totally agree that we build too big too fast and by using current facilities more often (multiple services on different days) we actually add a key growth feature to our church, namely, variety.

    Your comment that the internet has “fostered a new online intimacy” is however a BIG stretch. People are more aggressive & abusive online. Not more intimate…unless you’re talking about ‘Sexting’?

    No online group could ever replace personal gathering & face-to-face discipleship. And I’m sure that’s what you meant.

    Good article.