A church’s journey: from television to the internet


Long gone are the days when people drove all the way to church to go to Sunday mass. Today, churches broadcast entire services on their private TV channels, reaching thousands of congregants in the comfort of their own homes every day and every hour.

While television has been an important medium for many large ministries and megachurches, new video technologies and the internet bring video creation and global distribution within easy reach of smaller churches.

How can churches use the internet to spread their word?

  • Online learning and training – churches can create video content to guide volunteers through training on ministries, forming local spiritual groups, church maintenance, and more. Congregants will feel comfortable sharing in a private, secure environment.

  • Outreach – the internet can be an important vehicle to share a church’s mission, message, and stories with a broader (and younger!) community.

  • Nurturing – churches can use the internet to keep in touch with missionaries in different countries or members who are frequently away.

According to Gallup, 73% of Americans use the Internet, and that percentage increases dramatically among younger generations. The internet has the power to increase engagement and deepen involvement of church members by offering new ways to spread a church’s message online.

Religious organizations are turning to Udemy for Organizations (UFO) to create private portals to reach members across the globe. Thousands of people without technical or instructional design backgrounds have already created courses on Udemy, which means you can too. Sign up for UFO, get your portal set up in just a few minutes, and share content with your congregants on their computer, iPhone, iPad, or Android.