We want people to do more than attend a service. We want them to belong to the church.
God told Adam it isn't good for man to be alone. There are dangers in trying to walk this Christian life on your own. You will never experience God's best for you by doing life alone, because God created us to do life together in community. If you've stopped engaging with Sunday morning worship, or you're not part of a Life Group, you can begin to feel disconnected from our church. Really, you're feeling disconnected from people.
That's why, starting September 20, we're launching Fox Valley Church Online. It's a new church campus for people who are participating in our services online. Most of what you know about Fox Valley will remain much the same. Our values of God's word being preached and of worship and prayer are not going away. For the first 40-45 minutes of our Sunday morning services each campus will participate together much like we're doing right now.
The last 15-20 minutes, our online campus will be actively engaged in sermon discussion questions, Q&A with our online campus director, CJ Maderia, interviews with the staff, or a dedicated time of praying together.
Why the change?
It really has to do with engagement and participation. It's so easy (too easy!) to become passive while watching a service on your TV, computer, or phone. By adding the new elements at the end of the service, our hope is that you'll participate with those in your home or even by commenting on our stream.
Most people equate going to church with attending events at a building. But our church is not just this building. This building is simply the place where our church gathers, and in this season of not all being able to gather together, we want to create a digital place for our church -- the people of God -- to gather and connect with a community of people rallying around the message of telling and showing the story of Jesus.