The Pokémon Go mobile app for smartphones lets users track Pokemon characters by enabling the GPS on their phones to work with the app. Characters will appear as players walk around town, and oftentimes churches are one of the landmarks used, resulting in players venturing to churches whether or not they have an interest in it. This is an opportunity to meet people in your community and to be present with your congregation in a simple, fun way.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
Churches have a unique opportunity to make connections with neighbors through games like Pokemon Go.
- Kids these days: Church leaders can risk alienating their congregation and community if they make uninformed condemnations of games like Pokemon Go, even if there are unusual stories about players putting themselves in danger.
- Pastors these days: Churches have been landmarks used by players, and it’s likely that many would not consider attending a church in the first place. Can pastors use this as an outreach opportunity rather than sending these players away?
- Relationships matter: Whether or not your play Pokemon Go, the advantage of this new game is that people are leaving their homes to go out for walks and are meeting more people.
How can your church connect with Pokemon Go players?
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