Shoutchurch.tv is an online church. What does that mean? It means we are a community of believers from across the world acting as the body of Christ. As an online church, we do some things a little differently than churches that meet in a more traditional setting. For one, in an online church environment you can attend church from wherever you happen to be -- home, work, school -- and all points in between. Does your job require you to move or travel frequently? Online church enables you to maintain a consistent church experience without constantly having to start over each time you move or find yourself in a new city. Online churches are also perfect for those who are unable to attend more traditional churches due to a variety of circumstances, ranging from location in the world to physical disability. Finally, online churches provide a place where seekers and those who have been away from the church can often find an easier path to entry. Whatever brought you here, welcome!
Just as the ability to attend church from most any location is a key feature of online church, so is the ability to attend services at a time when it is most convenient for you. Although Shoutchurch.tv hosts a number of live events and services each year, most of our weekly worship experiences are available on-demand. Jesus promised that, wherever two or more persons are gathered in his name, He is there also. The really cool thing is that, at almost any time day or night, seven days a week, multiple people are on this website engaging in the worship of God online. We think that's pretty awesome.
Our worship experiences are also a little different. In a traditional church setting, the format of worship lends itself to more of a "one size fits all" approach. In an online church setting, we can get a little more creative. So as you click through the worship experience, you're going to encounter options. What kind of music do you like? Each week we feature three carefully curated options that support the theme of that week's worship experience. You'll find a Classic version (for those who like it old school), a Modern version (for those who prefer a more upbeat, contemporary sound) and an eclectic version which changes every week and is drawn from a number of different music genres (for those who like to mix it up a bit).
You'll also see some options when it comes to the sermon. Each week's sermon is divided into two parts. Part One is a general introduction to that week's message and is designed to be appropriate for everyone. In addition, there are three different Part Two options: one for seekers, one for persons new to the Christian faith and one for more mature believers. These segments help you apply the message to your unique stage in life.
What about things like communion, baptism, marriages, funerals -- how does that work in an online church? Shoutchurch.tv is a part of a network of affiliated churches throughout the world. What that means is that when the need for local clergy arises, we have someone to call on in most any corner of the globe. Simply fill out our contact form and we'll help connect you to a pastor near you. We also offer 24/7 spiritual help and prayer support by phone and online.
Of course, our goal is not to simply create another website where people passively consume content. The Church of Jesus Christ was meant for so much more than that. Shoutchurch.tv moves beyond online church by connecting people with resources to create dynamic local community where they live. Want to start a local Bible study? Great -- we'll send you resources. Feel like changing the world by organizing a group of people to meet a community need? Go for it -- we'll support you in any way we can. Want to go beyond your local community and serve people in a distant land? We can help there, too.
You see, we are all about people being the church -- not just simply being a name on a roll. Let's get started.