I’ve had a mutual respect for James Emery White for a while now. His church, Mecklenburg, has gotten some attention in recent years for abandoning their multisite strategy and instead focusing on their digital strategy. So, of course I feel a kindred spirit. Then he says the word phygital…a lot…so of course I love this guy.
We had a great conversation here on this podcast. We talked Meck. We talked James’ new book Hybrid Church. We talked what digital can, and cannot, do. On most points I agree with James, but on all points it’s a valid conversation around physicality and the changes to community and contextualization.
We need more pastors like James Emery White. Grab this podcast url and share it with your lead pastor. Buy the book and pass it around your church. Learn how your church has to really function digitally and physically simultaneously.
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ABOUT JAMES EMERY WHITE
James Emery White, Ph.D. is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church (Meck). Under his leadership, Meck has grown to tens of thousands active attenders. He is the president of Serious Times, a ministry that explores the intersection of faith and culture and hosts churchandculture.org. He holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Ph.D. from Southern Seminary. He has also studied at Vanderbilt University and Oxford University in England. Dr. White is a former professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president. He is the author of more than twenty books including The Rise of the Nones, Serious Times, and A Mind for God, Christianity for People Who Aren’t Christians and After "I Believe" and his latest book Hybrid Church: Rethinking the Church for the Post-Christian Digital Age. Jim and his wife, Susan, have four children and 15 grandchildren (and counting)!
- Download or Buy James' Book, Hybrid Church - https://amzn.to/44jWypd
- Download or Buy Jeff's Book, VR & the Metaverse Church - http://thechurch.digital/vrbook
- Download or Buy Jeff's and Dr. John Harris' book: Sharing Jesus Online - http://SharingJesusOnline.com
- Give to Digital Church Network - http://digitalchurch.network/give
- Learning Community, Digital Discipleship - http://leadnet.org/dlc
- Learning Community, VR and the Metaverse - http://leadnet.org/mlc
- Digital Church Network Community - https://digitalchurch.network/joinfam
- Best Evangelism Opportunity the American Church - http://thechurch.digital/hegetsus
- Exponential Conference - http://exponential.org
- Digital Church Network Leadership Opportunities - http://digitalchurch.network/events
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