Virtual Reality Church?


#1

Where have young folks who have left church gone? Some (many?) are doing virtual reality church. Check out this video. Thoughts?

These emerging churches do not exist in a physical space.


#2

Fear is big in this age group ( unfortunately) This may feel “safer” for them. It can lead to more meetups. But on the flip side it could just another box.


#3

Yeah, I got the feeling that some pastors were basically creating institutional church online. One thing I took from it, other than feeling eerily similar to the movie Ready Player One, is that there are many young people looking for a less religious and more authentic way to experience church where they can express themselves more freely.


#4

The VR part is appealing; recreating the institutional format, not so much. Like, I wouldn’t mind trying a facilitated group gathering like this. That could be a fun experiment. However, it’s kinda sad that both of the examples looked really bad. I couldn’t tell if that’s because the guys who created both of those “churches” didn’t have any design skills or if it’s just a limitation of the platforms they’re using. Neither one of those examples was visually appealing to me. I think I’d be turned off by the sheer aesthetic! (Or lack thereof.) Is that bad?


#5

Oh yeah, the graphics were terrible. I wondered if was a bad view or something. I thought it would be more like the Sims. But there’s definitely potential for experimenting. I think the people engaged in this would really resonate with the unchurching vibe. :smiley:


#6
  1. Yes that’s bad. :stuck_out_tongue: :wink:
  2. I agree and was my first thought, that it was a shame that they were trying to mimic the IC model.
  3. I would love to have meetings like this with unchurching peeps in a much different VR setting.
  4. The graphics are likely the developers limitations. The guy doesn’t seem too technically capable from just hearing him talk. He likely used a template from a developer kit he got his handa on and modded and tweaked it. I have the app on my oculus library but upon first use I didn’t see anyone in there and it was glitchy. Also it wasn’t on a Sunday and as we all know Christians are forbidden to assemble on any other day. :wink: