Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Online church attendance quadrupled on Sunday as congregations faced local restrictions and CDC recommendations to help slow the spread of COVID-19, according to a major online church platform.
The Church Online Platform, operated by Life.Church, saw a total of 4.7 million devices streaming church services Sunday, four times the average attendance for a typical weekend.
The platform has seen more than 6,000 new churches sign up during the past week and serves more than 20,000 churches worldwide. It allows churches to stream their own services with chat and one-on-one prayer features.
“With everything going on in the world, we believe it’s vitally important for the Church to continue to meet online and spread messages of hope,” said Bobby Gruenewald, Life.Church pastor and innovation leader. “In the same way that hospital doors will remain open to meet the physical needs of people during this time, we’re encouraged to see so many churches leveraging online technology to remain open and help meet their spiritual and emotional needs.”
The platform is free, according to a press release from Life.Church.
Churches can use a smartphone or camera to “record their sermon, upload it to a site like YouTube, and begin streaming in less than an hour,” the press release said.
“We’re encouraged to see such an overwhelming response from churches around the world who refuse to let anything keep them from sharing about God’s goodness and faithfulness,” Gruenewald said.
Meanwhile, the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention held a webinar Wednesday to teach churches how to livestream services.