Checkpoint Church (CV, WNCC) Creates Video Game for Advent


Don't just read a devotional for Advent this year - play one!

That's the mission of the latest project by digital-first church plant Checkpoint Church with their release of Not Another Advent Story. Volunteers within their community have worked together to craft and publish a video game as their latest act of innovative ministry in the digital space.

Naming their arm of game publishing  LUDOGOOD (literally, Game Good), the team of volunteers has created a four-episode visual novel that is available for download on their page, with the first episode available as of November 21st, 2021. 

From their website:

The Story:

In the game, you will control the journey of MC as they try to make their way to church on Christmas Eve. You will run into a series of roadblocks and unexpected changes to your path. As you meet the cast of lonely characters, you will be given chances to make a connection, take action, or simply try to survive the night on your own.

The Game:

Enjoy a fully original soundtrack created by members of the Checkpoint Church community. The soundtrack is available for streaming on all major streaming platforms. 

This game is browser-based and can be played on desktop and mobile browsers.

The game was built in Twine and developed by Ludogood, the game development arm of Checkpoint Church, the church for nerds, geeks, and gamers. 

With the intention of reaching a new audience, Checkpoint Church is creating innovative ministry regularly and is curious for the possibilities in the world of game development as a means to reach new people. Utilizing Wesley's General Rules, Checkpoint strives to create a safe space in digital communities that allow for intentional growth and an invitation into a walk with Christ. 

Those interested can play the first episode of the game now and expect each episode to be released during the following weeks of Advent. 

Checkpoint Church is a fairly new church plant in the Catawba Valley District of the Western North Carolina Conference. The church plant was formed with the intention of reaching nerds, geeks, and gamers with the love of Jesus Christ through the use of spaces such as the streaming platform Twitch, the community building platform Discord, and discipleship on the video sharing platform YouTube. You can learn more about the plant by visiting their website

To learn more about this innovative ministry or to support the church, reach out to Rev. Nathan Webb, the self-proclaimed Nerd Pastor of the community, at 

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at


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