Video Venue Partnership: How we Kept A Local Congregation from Closing



The Kairos Network is not only passionate about church planting, but also helping existing congregation write a new chapter of ministry and mission. With some outside the box thinking, one such partnership was started with Grace Lutheran in Union, NJ.  

When all hope seemed lost, Grace Lutheran Church reached out to us to try a video venue pilot program designed to help churches that are in-between pastors. In November of 2018, Grace Union gathered to vote on whether to close their congregation or be the first video venue congregation in The Kairos Network. As a congregation they voted to give a new season of mission and ministry a shot by choosing to partner with us!

The Kairos Network, in partnership with Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ridgewood, outfitted Grace Lutheran church with everything they needed to begin worship in a video venue format.  Each week Grace gathers for worship the same way they have since they opened their doors. The only difference is they use a video message from the Pastors at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ridgewood when it comes time for the sermon. This allows the congregation to have consistency in preaching and teaching at Grace in this critical time of transition!

WHY VIDEO VENUE?

The goal is simple for Grace: to give the congregation an opportunity to thrive in the midst of transition. It allows the congregation to consistently be fed by the word, week in and week out, while they partner with The Kairos Network to determine how they can revitalize, replant, or plant a new congregation in a community that has drastically changed.  

The goal of this video venue option is not to make the congregation a permanent video venue church, but rather to help the congregation in a critical time of transition so that they can step into a new and vibrant season of ministry and mission in the community!

If you or your congregation would like to learn more about partnering with The Kairos Network in this way, reach out to the Kairos Network Director here to find out more information on opening a new season of ministry and mission through The Kairos Network.