LNP5 | NEXT in the Metaverse Church

Series: Virtual Reality & the Church

October 3, 2022

Leadership Network Podcast | Episode 5

Guest: Michael Beck, Director, Fresh Expressions
Host: Jeff Reed – Metaverse Church NEXT Director

The more we examine successful digital and metaverse churches, the more evidence we see that healthy expressions are more micro in size than mega, which really starts to ask the question: what would a microchurch look like in the metaverse? As highly relational as microchurch strategies are in physical neighborhoods, would that same philosophy work in Web3 technologies like virtual reality? Can your VR avatar be that relational?

Let’s bring into the conversation Michael Beck. Michael has been championing fresh expressions of church for years now, even launching a micro-expression of church in virtual reality. Living Room Church VR has been running in Microsoft’s AltSpaceVR platform for a while now, and has been having success building relationships with the people of the metaverse. Are these leading to opportunities to spread the gospel into the metaverse mission field? Are these ideas scalable? What does multiplication look like?

So. Many. Questions. So let’s get started on this conversation of how microchurch works in the metaverse, right here on Metaverse Church NEXT.


Explore and understand the future of the metaverse church. We’ll examine aspects of the meta mission field, the Church in the metaverse, even what discipleship and multiplication can look like in the metaverse. Through the interviews hosted on Metaverse Church NEXT, we’ll address the technical, theological, and tactical approaches that churches are wrestling with today in virtual reality, augmented reality, and even innovation in general. Metaverse Church NEXT broadcasts Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

To learn more at Leadership Network, visit leadnet.org and for more conversations on Metaverse Church NEXT click here.

To watch the conversation, visit https://mult-archive.em02.enthusiastinc.net/event/michael-beck-on-how-microchurch-works-in-the-metaverse/

Michael Beck

Michael Beck

Michael serves as the director of Fresh Expressions for the Florida UMC, director of the Fresh Expressions House of Studies at United Theological Seminary, and director of ReMissioning for Fresh Expressions US. Beck has a passion for helping laity and clergy plant new forms of church. In addition to teaching as an adjunct professor at several seminaries, he coaches, trains, and educates leaders internationally across a broad theological spectrum and has consulted with hundreds of churches, districts, denominations, networks, synods, and dioceses.
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