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A Texas megachurch has launched a new faith-based television station via the Amazon Fire Channel with the hopes of continuing to reach more people worldwide.
Community Bible Church of San Antonio, a congregation with an average worship attendance of about 14,000 in person and 16,000 online, launched the TV app Tuesday.
Nils Smith, Innovation pastor at Community Bible Church, told The Christian Post that the television endeavor was part of their outreach mission.
"Our mission is to reach, teach and help people in Jesus' name and these connected TV devices allows us to accomplish our mission in a unique new way," said Smith.
"We expect to reach millions of televisions … in the next 3-5 years through Roku, Amazon and whatever new connected TV devices we can make our ministry content available on."
Founded in 1990 with its first meetings held in a conference room at a hotel, Community Bible Church describes itself as a "conservative, evangelical, interdenominational, Bible church."
"We believe the Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God and base all that we do off of what it says," reads the About CBC section of their website.
In March, Community Bible Church announced that they were going to expand its digital media platform to include a mobile app channel, reported James Aldridge of the San Antonio Business Journal.
"The Roku channel and app are designed to extend our ability to reach and teach people globally in Jesus' name," said Pastor Smith in a statement in March.
"Technology is giving us the opportunity to impact the lives of millions around the world, and we hope they will take advantage of these unique tools to welcome the Word of God into their daily lives."
Titled Community Bible Church, the Amazon Fire TV App will allow for viewers to watch various programs held at the church, reported Aldridge.
"[The TV app] allows guests to log into its Online Church 24 hours a day/seven days a week in English or Spanish; join an online Bible study; watch archives of sermons; or learn more about the church," the San Antonio Business Journal reported.