How many of you use the Granger Notes? Show of hands.... anyone? Okay- you there.. one in the back.. couple on the left. Got it.
I have to admit, my learning style involves a need to write things down. My Bible uses all four colors of highlighter. It has scribbles, notes, references all written inside. It is my textbook for living, so you should take some notes, right?
The Granger Notes are provided for the in house audience a few different ways. If you show up in person, the bulletin contains them. If you use your phone, the GCC YouVersion reader lists them for you, and if you do church online, then they are at the bottom margin when the Auditorium is open as we are live.
But what to do with them?
I find they are a fantastic way to go back and refresh yourself on what the message discussed every week. Not to say I am poring over them, but just as you don't eat just once a week, you also may feel a need to continue your spiritual feeding through the week. A quick review. Maybe a refresher of a particular key verse to share with a friend or coworker.
The Granger Notes let you do just that. When the Online Campus is active, simply click on the tab, type in the notes as the series progresses...and get this- you can print them out right there in the tab! What a great resource to help you get organized and interact rather than staring at the monitor.
Give it a try and see if it doesn't help you out too!
I recently joined the GCC Online/idochurchonline.com team after a few meetings with Mark Meyer, who is our online campus director. One of the goals we have for online church is to evolve the experience to be more than just watching the message series and worship experience feed because you couldn't make it to a service this weekend, into thinking longer term.
Longer term means "where will people be doing church" in a year from now? 5 years? in 2020?
Technology is evolving so fast that our communication styles are shifting and evolving even faster. More teens text each other than making cell phone calls. In just a couple of years (like ...two..) the mobile phone browser will surpass desktop PC use as the main method of internet browsing.
As a result, church attendees will also modify their "brick and mortar" attendance to shifting busy families attending and rounding up the kids to head out to sharing worship and letting God meet us where we are at in more casual settings.. like in front of your laptop.
The question then becomes, where will the church reach these people that want to seek God but for various reasons, can't or won't seek Him in the 'traditional' church setting?
Where will people connect with other church goers outside of Saturdays or Sundays? By being Facebook fans? By following on Twitter? By gathering in traditional small groups that at one time were small Bible study and discussion groups in someone's living room, to what may now be a group at Starbucks sitting around their laptops following a message?
The answer is likely all of the above. And our mission at the GCC Online team is to figure that out and to bring others together.
We hope you'll join us as we shape what the online church community will becoming!
In the meantime, if we haven't me, feel free to join me on Twitter, or read up on the blogtastic writing that will be following here soon!
- Experience what it's like to do service online with others using chat functionality from all over the world
- Listen to six more great messages from the One Prayer series from speakers across America and the world
- Missing Journey classes in the summer? This is a great alternative to be inspired by some new voices!
- Be part of supporting unity in the Church across the world as we're ultimately all on mission together for Christ
Here's the line-up (all at 6:30 EST):
- June 9th: Scott Hodge (The Orchard, Aurora IL)/Ray Hardee (Forest Pointe Church -Belmont, NC)
- June 16th: Matt Fry (C3 Church- Clayton NC) /Rick Bezet (New Life Church- Conway, AR)
- June 23rd: Herbert Cooper (People’s Church- Oklahoma City, OK) /Brian Houston (Hillsong Church- Sydney, Australia)
Hope to see you online!