Jeff Reed

Metaverse Church NEXT Director, Leadership Network

In June 2000, Jeff led his first online Bible study, taking 75 people from around the world through the book of James using a text-based system called Ultimate BB. He was doing digital ministry way before it was cool. Founding THECHURCH.DIGITAL in 2018, Jeff’s passions have evolved into helping churches (and individuals too!) find their calling through digital discipleship, releasing people on digital mission, and planting multiplying digital churches. This pursuit will expand as Jeff (and others) create the DigitalChurch.Network, an organic, decentralized network for digital expressions of church, globally. Jeff also serves as the Director of Metaverse Church NEXT for Leadership Network, and works closely with Exponential and other globally facing, multiplication-friendly, gospel-centric organizations. Jeff married his high school sweetheart, Amy, and has two kids and a dog. They live in Miami, Florida.


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May 15, 2023

Go on a Metaverse Mission Trip

Church, Meet the Metaverse Mission Field Sure, we can argue about the ecclesiology of a church in virtual reality. There are some points of conversation...

May 1, 2023

How Do We Disciple Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence: Greatest Invention of the Modern Era or the Downfall of Human Civilization? Let’s stop here for a second and recognize how far the...

April 17, 2023

Why Churches Should Utilize Personas and Target Audiences on the Digital Mission Field

Pastor, are you tired of thinking It’s not working! when trying to reach people online? Do you feel like no matter how hard you try,...

March 20, 2023

Rediscovering Your Church’s Digital Why

The digital age has revolutionized the way we communicate church, but in many ways it has yet to influence how we “be” the church. As...

March 6, 2023

Microsoft’s Altspace Closes, and the Church Moves On

When Your (Virtual) Church Home Is Taken Away… The virtual reality social space scene just got quieter: Microsoft, owner of the popular virtual world platform...

February 20, 2023

What’s NEXT for Digital, and Why Your Church Must Care

Discover Your Church’s Digital “Why?”—and Don’t Be Surprised When It Has Nothing to Do with Broadcasting Church Services Leadership Network is announcing Digital Church NEXT!...

November 28, 2022

4 Ways Your Church Can Use Tesla’s New Humanoid Robot

I was driving in my neighborhood the other day when I noticed my neighbor’s Roomba-like device mowing his yard. I’ve heard of these automated mowers,...

November 10, 2022

Evangelism in Virtual Reality: How to Start

Digital missions fields offer unique opportunities to engage in the work of evangelism in new and exciting ways. The metaverse is a series of modern...

November 10, 2022

The Strength of Anonymity in Virtual Reality

Doing virtual reality ministry is, simply put, ironic. There are many things within virtual ministry that the average church leader perceives as a negative when...

November 4, 2022

ACTS 5’s Ananias, Sapphira, and the Jerusalem DAO

As discussed on Metaverse Church NEXT, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DOAs) can be an incredible opportunity for churches to utilize blockchain and cryptocurrencies. According to DigiDay, DAOs are...

September 26, 2022

Church in a Virtual Reality Bar?

“Hey Jeff, I’m thinking about opening a Bar in Virtual Reality, specifically VRChat.” My friend Joey is a Digital Pastor in Ohio and part of...

September 12, 2022

Bringing Evangelism into our Communities and the Metaverse

The innovators doing ministry in virtual reality have discovered that evangelistic conversations are easy in the metaverse. One reason is that people will talk about...

September 5, 2022

Mental Health Obstacles in Virtual Reality

The mental health implications of the metaverse are untested and scary. Virtual reality (VR) thrives on lack of control, and vices are flaunted with little...

August 5, 2022

Here Is the Church…

The greatest resource your church has is not your staff or building. It’s your people. Remember the old hand gesture rhyme we all learned as...

August 5, 2022

Will Churches Become Decentralized?

Will Churches Get Bigger or Smaller? Bigger churches will follow the megachurch model and find ways to succeed by big-church standards. Large churches with large...

July 20, 2022

Shared Experiences: The Key to Understanding Digital and Metaverse Discipleship

As COVID restrictions continue to relax, most churches have returned to physical buildings. Did broadcasting church services work for your congregation? You had viewers watching...

July 13, 2022

Does Virtual Reality Church Compete with Physical Church?

There’s a misconception that virtual churches compete with physical churches. The fear is that people will stop attending church if there is a virtual option....

July 7, 2022

A Pop-Cultural Examination of World-Destroying A.I.

Humans have been dreaming of artificial intelligence for over 100 years. One of the earliest references is a favorite film of mine, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis,...

July 5, 2022

Redefining Real(ities)—Virtual No More

The other day, someone asked me, “You don’t really believe it counts if someone accepts Jesus in virtual reality, do you?” My response, “You tell...

June 23, 2022

Gutenberg’s Heresy and the Metaverse Precursor

As near as I can tell, Helen Keller first said, “The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.” To be honest, it...

May 31, 2022

Want to Up Your Sermon Game? Try Preaching in Virtual Reality

Pastor, want to discover why you should be excited about preaching in virtual reality? Let’s go back to 1946. Born in 1900, Edgar Dale was...

May 25, 2022

Meet Your Church’s R&D Department

Innovation is difficult within the church. As a non-profit, we never want to be seen as wasting money on experimentation. Time is also short since...

May 17, 2022

Psalm 139 Is True, Even in the Metaverse

The metaverse is different, it’s true. And historically, Christians fear what’s different. Humans fear what we don’t understand. So it’s easy to ignore potential Kingdom...

March 15, 2022

Blackaby’s Experiencing God, Metaverse Edition

I was having a conversation the other day with a friend (at a Starbucks, not in the Metaverse) and we ended up talking about books...

February 20, 2022

Jason Poling and the Math of the Metaverse Mission Field

Cornerstone Yuba City is a pioneering example of what a church can look like if it multiplies into the Metaverse Mission Field. Pastor Jason Poling...

February 15, 2022

The Controversial Metachurch: Fighting the Wrong Battle

I’ve said a lot of controversial statements in my life surrounding church and technology. Comes with the territory. Truthfully, I’ve seen probably 10x negative feedback...