Here’s an interesting update from John MacArthur, speaking on multisite churches:
The first thing that comes to mind with multi-site pastors preaching on flat screens to people in another city is that it’s completely artificial….It’s artificial, it’s not real, it’s not reality….The most important of all the shepherds to be known and loved and understood and watched by the flock, is the one who teaches them the Word of God. The very basic requirement for a pastor is that the congregation can affirm that he is a godly man: they know his life, they know his wife, they know his kids, they know he manages his household well, they know how he lives, how he spends his money, how he behaves. All of that exposure is necessary to the confidence of the people in the pastor….Intimacy, connection, friendship, vulnerability, exposure, that’s essential to being a pastor. Any other approach is purely artificial and it has a way of making somebody famous without making them a real shepherd.
Found here. (You’ll enjoy this article!)
So… the answer is… John is not going multisite in the foreseeable future.
Word to all the artificial multi-site pastors and churches out there: Keep up the good work.
But word to the wise: If you REALLY wanted to spread the gospel… TV is where it’s at. The 60 in. plasma in my living room beats out your 10 foot screen every day of the week (even if it is purely supplemental).
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