I received a great email today that asked some awesome questions about Netcast. Since these questions are frequently asked, I thought I would share our thoughts below.
1. Netcast is not designed for college kids or teens or baby boomers. One thing that we are very passionate about is existing to make much of Jesus. We are not a church that caters to the younger generation nor will we ever be; just as we will never be about catering to an older population. The thought of a church catering to anyone seems to be very consumeristic and draws the attention and focus on the congregation, rather than on Jesus. Typical evangelicalism caters to where the tithe come from in order to continue to sustain the organization. The problem with that is that the Kingdom should not be attempting to sustain itself but rather advance itself. Currently Netcast is 15% kids (0-12) and about 25% college students. That is a beautiful thing. In addition, approximately 50% of Netcast is young adults 25-40 years old and the remaining 10% is over 40. This type of diversity is unheard of when compared to national statistics. We don't know why the numbers are like that, but we praise God that He is doing it.
2. Netcast is passionate about raising up the upcoming generation. This may sound contradicting to the first point, so let me explain. 4% of todays youth are in the local evangelical church. Of that 4%, 80% will abandon the faith after they graduate High School. This is outrageous and we need to play out part in fighting against it. In an effort to of that, we seek to create atmospheres where mature believers in Christ can have the opportunity to invest into the younger generation. Many mature evangelicals are so consumed with getting fed themselves that they forget that they are called to feed the immature / baby Christian. It is the job of the entire body to play its part in encouraging, edifying and building up disciples; not just those with seminary degrees and ordination certificates. This is why our staff is so excited about how God is sending us older and more mature believers. Currently, because of the generational diversity at Netcast, we have an awesome opportunity for mature believers to begin to pour into the new Christians through true biblical community.
3. We're all about the bible. Psalm 19:7 "the law of the Lord is perfect reviving the soul and his statutes are trustworthy making wise the simple." We are all about the study of God's word, the dissecting of God's word, the power of God's word, the challenge of God's word and the presence of God in His word. I can assure you that anywhere you go and God's word is valued, taught and applied in community; you will be challenged to grow in your walk with Christ. Thats His promise to us.