Pastor David Chadwick was torn when he raised the question as he stepped down from Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the final weeks of winter.
‚ÄúChurches all over the country are doing it with videos shown on the screen in other places,‚ÄĚ he said in March. ‚ÄúElevation (Church) is probably the primary example here in Charlotte. You know, I just began to wonder more and more ‚ÄĒ how effective is that?‚ÄĚ
For nearly 40 years, Chadwick had led the 4,000-member, six-campus ministry which he had built from a 180-member congregation. As he ended his tenure at the church, however, Chadwick revealed he had started to have doubts about Forest Hill‚Äôs multisite model where lead pastors mainly connect with the congregation through video.
‚ÄúI know I‚Äôm a good communicator ‚Ä¶ I can have people come and listen. But doesn‚Äôt a pastor need to speak to his people? I began to struggle with that,‚ÄĚ he ...