Metaverse enables people to share, work, and play. Life.Church recently provided virtual reality services through the AltspaceVR platform: altvr.com/.

In Church Leadership 4.0 (askamitabh.online/books), I write:

“Leaders are still not realizing the full scope of 5G, the internet of things, and voice-enabled technology. Take a picture of all the electronic gadgets you are using today. They will all look slower and uglier in the next decade. Education, entertainment, and experience are the three legs of our stool to be battered by a tsunami of change. 

We were getting clear signals of change in customer behavior much before 2020. Some church or charity leaders still choose to ignore these signs. 2020 was the tipping point, 2021 to 2030 will record a technology carnage that humankind has never seen before. Yet, some leaders are still in denial.”

The organizational structure of the fourth industrial revolution has changed. Automation and A.I. are changing our toolsets, and we can continue to anticipate changes in our digital marketing approach. Alignment discussions will have to occur as we face a technological revolution covering our website, App, landing pages, webinars, digital content, event registrations, and survey platforms that help us integrate all data with our Church Relationship Management (CRM).”

On Sunday, February 6, Dinesh and Janaganandhini are getting married in Sivalingapuram village, Tamil Nadu (India). The two met through Instagram and will have a Metaverse wedding reception.

Dinesh is a project associate at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai. He said: “I feel so proud and blessed that I have seen and taken advantage of many great opportunities in this world before millions of people have seen them. Beginning of something big! India’s first #metaverse marriage in Polygon blockchain collaborated with TardiVerse Metaverse startup.”

Dinesh and Janaganandhini’s wedding is themed after the Harry Potter universe. Both the bride and groom have avatars with traditional Indian outfits. Guests will receive login details and can choose an avatar to enter the wedding reception. The couple will switch on their laptops after the wedding to enter a virtual venue. During the hour-long reception, they will be able to interact with family and friends from around the world.

As a first step toward putting their Metaverse reception idea into practice, Dinesh approached Vignesh Selvarah of TardiVerse, a “new gen mixed reality based Metaverse powered by Blockchain tech.”

India’s first Metaverse wedding reception, or a virtual reality church service offered by Life.Church is only the beginning. The next five years will be influenced by 5G, artificial intelligence (A.I.), and virtual reality for every content provider. Schools, university, and even churches are about to experience a tsunami of change.

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