Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: Here is how Waypoint Church in Toronto, CA uses the gaming site Twitch to create community and online bible study.
When we first felt the call to a start a new church in the city of Toronto we knew right off the bat that two things were going to play a major factor: space and time. In a big city find a place to meet is hard. Most shops do not have the room for people to just hang out. Not to mention that you could spend up to 30 minutes traveling to a church, or meeting place. Because of this geographical need, we said we would want to take full use of media. Our first idea was to start podcasts, which can be found on our website. With over 80 hours a week in transit alone, it is a great way to connect with scripture.Our second idea was to have online bible studies, where people could interact. Ask questions, make comments, really dig deeper into the subject being covered. Of course we want to have groups meeting in person, but that is not always possible. Our first Waypoint (a group that meets to study scripture) will be taking place on Twitch, a gaming network. Each week we will be going deeper into the passage or topic talked about in that weeks podcast. It is a great way to interact and dig deeper. Our hope is that we will have people engaging in the faith and leaning more and more how they can be transformed by the power of Christ.So if you know someone who would be interested let them know they can join us on Twitch starting October 23rd @ 7:30pm EST.