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The Theology of the Metaverse

Metaverse Church NEXT

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Want to talk about big? The metaverse is already massive, and the majority of it has not even been released yet. And as big as the metaverse is, the theology of the metaverse is even bigger. The theology of the metaverse is hugely controversial, but if we’re honest, the idea of changes in the Church are not that controversial. It’s been quoted: “Today’s heresy is tomorrow’s orthodoxy,” and it appears the metaverse is a prime example of that.

When it comes to the metaverse, the Church is at a very interesting crossroads. How much influence does the Church want in the metaverse, and how much influence should the metaverse have on our churches? We’re bringing technology specialist Adam Graber into this conversation. Adam, who has been serving as the metaverse technology expert for Leadership Network, works as a digital theology consultant, helping FaithTech and other organizations develop a theology centered around this technology. What does the future hold for metaverse church? Theologically, does the metaverse hold up in its current state? Will our theology evolve over time as the technology solidifies? Join us to hear what Adam has to say.

ABOUT THIS SERIES

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.

Featured Guests

Adam Graber
Digital Theology Consultant, FaithTech

Featured Guests

Adam Graber
Adam Graber (@AdamGraber) is a digital theology consultant for FaithTech and co-host of the Device & Virtue podcast. For FaithTech, Adam leads research on missional tech trends, exploring emerging technologies and assessing their impact and opportunity for Christian organizations. Holding an M.A. in digital theology and a B.A. in psychology, Adam is a coach at Wheaton College’s Center for Faith and Innovation, and has created tech courses for Northern Seminary and Fuller Seminary. He speaks regularly on everything from the metaverse to evangelism chatbots. He has written for Christianity Today, The Bulwark, Relevant, Christ and Pop Culture, and other publications. He worked in Bible publishing for over a decade and still gets Netflix DVDs by mail.

Host

Jeff Reed
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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Basic

Annual
Free
  • Weekly LIVE shows with thought leaders, practitioners and authors
  • NEW Community Platform
  • Annual online summits and other special events
  • Participate in groups with other leaders

Plus

Annual
$ 170
  • Everything included in Basic
  • Live Q&A with presenters
  • 2022 Empowered Digital Access Pass ($99 value)
  • Four more Digital Access Passes during the year ($396 value)
  • Additional discounts and resources

PRO

Annual
$ 450
  • Everything included in Multipliers PLUS
  • Full archive of Digital Access Passes ($1850+ value)
  • Workshops with presenters
  • Create your own groups
  • 1 Ticket to EX Orlando 2023 or 2 Tickets to a 2022 Regional