In a meeting the other day, my team and I were brainstorming about how to ship or transfer the Saddleback Church DNA to the 12 new Saddleback church campuses we are launching around the globe.
We had toyed with the idea of “Church in a Box”, but we realized that everything we are using will eventually have to be digital.
I said, “If it’s digital then it will eventually be accessed from the cloud. It’s not church in a box, it’s church in the cloud. A digitized church.”
Imagine every idea or word spoken…
each question asked and answered…
every word written…
every example given…
every story shared…
The entire history of your church…a digital permanent record.
Everything in your church indexed and tagged…
Shareable and social.
Church In The Cloud
Church in the cloud. That is the global digital church future. A digitized church
International telecom companies have a goal, to connect the entire world with Internet access.
Storage and hardware is also becoming cheaper and more available.
Most churches want all their content digital. Once it is digital it can be easily broken into smaller and smaller bits, or assembled into huge files of digital bytes.
A ubiquitous Internet will provide the power grid or the pipeline from which all this digital content can flow.
And because the Internet is social…all of the digital content from churches can be shared. No. It will be shared.
Open source platforms and the philosophy of openness is becoming more expected by people and the organizations (churches too) that people work and interact with.
The cloud means we spend more time creating quality content and less time about where to store it or ship it. It goes on the cloud.
And once on the cloud the social sharing nature of users combined with openness of platform will spread the content far and wide.
And one thing we know already, the better the content, the wider the distribution.
The church is going to become more and more digitized and as it does more and more of it is going to the cloud.
Online campuses and online church services are going to become more and common.
People will expect all your content, media, ideas, messages, resources, etc., to be digitized, cloud-based, searchable, accessible, and shareable.
Technology enables it and people demand it.
The potential for global distribution is always one click away in an Internet connected world.
The smallest of churches to the biggest mega-churches will all become globally connected churches…digitized…on the cloud.