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Last week, we compared the advantages of small and large churches to help readers determine which worship experience was right for them. But that discussion hinges largely on the fact that an individual has a local church that they are interested in and able to attend.

But what about scheduling, location or personal issues that make attending a church service difficult or impossible?

Thanks to national television networks like Daystar and The Word Network, as well as the World Wide Web, worshipping from the comfort of your home is easier than ever.

Here, we compare the advantages of live versus broadcast services.

Live Service Advantages:

Community: You know that part at the beginning of service, when the pastor asks everyone to greet their neighbors? Or at the end, when everyone holds hands before dismissal? You miss out on all of that when you’re planted on your living room couch.

Full Worship Experience:

For the sake of saving time and, subsequently, the cost of airtime, many ministries only broadcast an abbreviated version of their services. Joel Osteen, for example, only airs his full, one-hour service from Houston’s Lakewood Church once per week. The other 10-plus times that you can catch his message, it is completely praise-and-worship free. With no Israel Houghton. Seriously.

Additional Ministries:

Sunday morning service is great, but often one of the best parts of attending church is having the opportunity to get involved in and experience all of the other ministries available. You just can’t do that from home.

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