This is book is about a church where members are physically separated from one another due to specific heath concerns and safety regulations. Yet the church is still called to be a social institution, where people engage, support, and care for one another. The concept of The Distanced Church suggests church leaders need to find alternatives to physical gatherings and spaces, and are engaging technological options to do this. But while some consider or debate whether online church is a disembodied entity, I would argue that it is still one that is based on social interaction and relational desires. This is an issue raised in essays offered by a number of scholars and church leaders in this collection. The Distanced Church is one where people are physical separated from one another but still spiritually interconnected and in need of some modified forms of technologically facilitated social interaction. This and other related ideas are explored in the essays that follow.
Based on Contending Modernities article.