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The Church in the Metaverse

Posted: January 31, 2023 in Uncategorized

I’m starting a new series of short videos I’m calling Exploring Mission. They’re short because I know most of us are time poor, but the aim is to get our creative juices flowing in relation to the mission of God in our neighbourhood. The first is a corker. I chatted to Andrew Jones, better known by bloggers as Tall Skinny Kiwi, about the Church in the Metaverse.

For those churches that are still trying to work out their mission in a physical sense the idea of church in the metaverse can be quite daunting. However, Andrew reminds us that this is a world that we need to be considering. He points out that children are among those who are active in the metaverse and perhaps this is a timely reminder to those churches that are asking, “where are the people under the age of 40?”

Andrew concludes by drawing some similarities with mission in the physical world: The importance of not rushing the process, of listening to the culture and understanding how the culture works, then developing a strategy on all that you have learned over time.

My goal in producing this short series of Exploring Mission is to challenge our thinking, and the whole metaverse thing certainly challenges me, but as Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Dr Strange in The Multiverse of Madness said: “The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun.”