Pastor D. J. Soto was a mega-church pastor in Pennsylvania. He had helped pioneer what had now become a multi-site Assembly of God church. This was his comfort zone, his safe place. But he felt like God was calling him and his family into a unique church planting ministry. They moved into a thirty-foot travel trailer and began driving. Suddenly, an idea came to D. J. Why not start preaching online in virtual reality? Out of this idea was born the VR Church. It is the first virtual reality church and each week people put on their virtual reality headsets from wherever they are and worship God together. It provides a sense of community and a way for people to get to know God together with people they would never meet in real life. It also allows people who would not feel comfortable walking into a regular church an opportunity to worship within their comfort zone.
When I saw something about this church in the news this morning, it immediately fascinated me. As a church, we should be the first ones to take advantage of new ways to share Jesus with people. Christ Himself gave us the example, not only in His own life but also in His teachings. He once told a story about a shepherd who had lost one of his sheep. “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?" (Luke 15:4). He didn't expect the sheep to find its way back to the fold. He went to where the sheep was and brought it home. As Christians, we should be doing the same. Find ways to connect with people who wouldn't have a chance of finding their way to Christ on their own. You'll be surprised at who you may find.