The Ralph Moore Podcast


Jate Earhart Interview: Leading an Online Gamer's Church

Season 3, Ep. 50278

So you're doing church online?

Good for you! But, Jate has been leading an online congregation for six years.

And, his congregation is made up of computer gaming addicts. Though he's uncomfortable with calling it "church," it functions as a church. Since form follows function... you get it!

In this podcast, you'll hear about relational evangelism, mutual trust, and people caring for those they've never met in person. And, you'll discover that Jate has made it his business to truly get to know these people, often meeting them in person.

This is a high-touch, high-tech, but low-budget proposition. There is something for everyone in this podcast. Gamers may be completely off your radar, but you'll be challenged to touch pockets of people, unlike you, who are in your wider circle of relationship.

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Ryan Delameter OCNWTR Churches

Season 3, Ep. 50286
OCNWTR churches began with a 10,000 bicycle Ride.Dr. Ryan Delamater rode his bicycle from Vancouver Island to the east coast of Canada, back to San Diego and on to the nation of Columbia.Suffering divorce and depressed, he set out on this bicycle to heal and try to find his way in 1010. As he rode, he learned that people don't have clean water in a small village in El Salvador. Upon returning home, he returned to school for a doctorate in public health, emphasizing clean water.After a bunch of surf trips to El Salvador and a stint as a youth pastor at Saddleback later, he launched OCNWTR, combining the water initiative with microchurch planting. Today's five OCNWTR churches will blossom to eight by the end of 2021. In September, the church plant/desalinization project in El Salvador gets duplicated in Indonesia with another in Bangladesh at year's end. And the larger world is noticing. Ryan helped develop a water policy at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and has contracts to build solar-powered desalinization projects for the poor in several nations. Each water system will pair with a church plant. The "launch platform" is OCNWTR in San Clemente, California. They meet in a coffee shop (one of 35,000 specialty coffee shops in the U.S.) on Tuesday evenings for tacos and church. In the face of COVID church planting difficulties, OCNWTR has discovered that most independent coffee shops close at dinner time and are rentable after hours for little or no cost to churches. There's even a tax break available to owners as an extra incentive.If you value innovation, microchurch or Luke 4:18, you won't miss this podcast!For more from Ryan, click on