Is Virtual Reality Church a Viable Option?

ChurchLeaders | 5/31/2019 | Staff
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A pastor that goes by the name of D.J. Soto left his church due to what he felt was a lack of inclusivity. Soto then founded VR Church (short for Virtual Reality Church) in 2017. Now, his services see about 150 people each week, ranging from believers to atheists. Just recently, Soto baptized a well-known VR YouTuber in… you guessed it… virtual reality.

“I feel like I had an experience. Wow,” YouTuber Drumsy said after his virtual baptism.

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How Does VR Church Work?

Soto uses AltSpaceVR—a virtual reality space where users can talk or interact with each other—to conduct his services. His very first service included a small number, around five people. “Everyone is invited here to VR Church, no matter where you are from in the world, even if you don’t believe in God,” Soto says.

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Soto talks about how “atheists regularly came to listen to him preach about divine love, and they talked openly about their own faith.” He also explains how many of the people that attend his church online are curious about Christianity, or are home-bound for various reasons, or have been personally hurt by previous churches they have attended. Soto proclaims that VR Church is a safe space for people to have conversations about religion and are encouraged to ask questions.

More recently, Drumsy and Syrmor posted videos of D.J. Soto baptizing them in virtual reality. [Heads up: These videos contain language some may find offensive].

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