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Estes offers the most even-handed, informed, and insightful overview to date of what virtual-world ecclesia means not only within its own confines, but also to ecclesia in the physical world. At the risk of over-stating the case, it is increasingly incumbent upon clergy and lay leaders alike to familiarize themselves now...right now...with the information Estes renders so clearly. --Phyllis Tickle
“If your church is even thinking about starting an internet campus (or has one already), this book should be required reading. It brilliantly connects the dots between church history, technology, and current thought about online spiritual community. While it doesn’t answer every question (and no book could, given the newness of the subject matter), it goes a long way toward resolving the query: is church online ‘real’ or not? As an internet campus pastor, I think this book tells it like it is and what it will be. A worthwhile read for anyone interested in real ministry and real connection in the virtual world.” -- Brian Vasil|“Christian theology has yet to take full stock of the emergence of virtual worlds together with its promises and perils for the church. Douglas Estes challenges entrenched ways of thinking about what it means to be the church in light of his positive assessment of virtual congregations. While this book makes some controversial points, at the very least it raises provocative questions as it attempts to shift the burden of proof to the defenders of traditional models of church.” -- Adonis ViduSee all Editorial Reviews
This book will definitely make you think about your own ecclesiology and understanding of what constitutes sacrament, community, and worship.Published 6 months ago by Kelly Wasnich
Douglas Estes challenges our thinking through exploring the possibilities of virtual/online churches. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dan & Karen
I found this book to be unrealistic in what could truly take place as we get deeper into virtual world churches. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Thefabfive
I would recommend this book for any church leader thinking about the online world.
First, Estes has a solid grounding in the theology and history of the church, so he is... Read more
Estes, Douglas. SimChurch: Being the Church in theVirtual World. Zondervan, 2009, 256 pages.
Of all the books I have read in preparation for a class next month on Church... Read more
As an internet campus pastor with almost a year under my belt doing church online, I approached the book with a little bit of skepticism, but my skepticism was completely... Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by Kyle Gilbert
Virtual Church is something I was not aware of until recently, but which got me thinking a lot as to the relevance of such a thing. Read morePublished on January 4, 2010 by Matthew Bailey
When I received a copy of this book from a friend of mine, I was not sure what to expect. I've never really spent much time considering what it means to be a church, or how the... Read morePublished on December 6, 2009 by J. Woods
I just finished reading SimChurch by Douglas Estes this morning. I am thrilled to say both what it did and didn't do. Read morePublished on November 10, 2009 by Mark R. Simonds