Overreliance on Simulcast, Live Streaming
Another factor mentioned by the pastors was that of churches relying too much on live-streaming. While noting its benefits for people who are sick or serving overseas, the pastors expressed a belief that it should be a "good back-stop" yet not a "front door."
"If you're sick, if you're deployed, we have soldiers from Colorado Springs that are in the Middle East and all over the world who log in every week and watch. And I think that's a great grace," Grothe noted.
"But I think many people have shifted into 'I'm going to be a bathrobe Christian and I'm going to stay at home and I'm going to sit on my back porch with my family and my cup of coffee and I'm just going to get a spiritual transaction here."
"I also think we ought to ask the question as leaders what our simulcast, our broadcasting has done ... You have to ask the question, what are we communicating to people when the preacher doesn't even have to be there?
"It's a subtle communication that your physical presence here is not necessary, I wonder."