Black Millennial Launches Virtual Solution for Faith-Based Communities
By Ashley Small
Day Edwards is no stranger to finding innovative solutions to meet the needs of today’s churches. In 2019, the Houston-based entrepreneur and CEO made a name for herself when she founded a first-of-its- kind, digital platform for churches called Church Space. Known as “the Airbnb for churches,” Church Space is an online marketplace that helps churches earn income by renting out space for weekly worship services in addition to a variety of one-time events and gatherings.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Edwards recognized that many of her faith-based clients who relied on the use of shared worship spaces could no longer reach congregations due to nationwide stay-at-home orders. In response, she launched Church Space Tv, a free program for streaming worship services on Roku and Apple TV.
“Church Space is honored to offer churches nationwide a complimentary Roku and Apple TV channel to help spread the gospel globally during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Day Edwards, Founder and CEO of Church Space. “The true church has no doors, and we must adapt during these uncertain times by relying on a wildly imaginative use of technology to reach more people than ever before.”
Church Space Tv allows churches to reach the 36.9 million Roku users and the 35.8 million Apple TV users. As many faith leaders begin to acknowledge that global pandemics and natural disasters will continue to disrupt our norms, the demand for television streaming services is expected to rise exponentially amongst this population.
“Many churches already recognize the need to incorporate live streaming into their worship service and have experience doing so through their websites and Facebook pages. What we want to help them do through Church Space Tv is expand their reach beyond their current congregation, network and community without taking on an additional burden of navigating the technologically-advanced tools that make this possible.”
Although Edwards is expanding the Church Space brand to also become the “Netflix for churches,” she anticipates that many leaders will begin to take a multilayered approach to how they reach worshippers. Church Space Tv will be available on Sunday, May 17, 2020 and all other platforms May 24, 2020.
Churches interested in signing up for Church Space TV can visit www.bookchurchspace.com.