Whether it's Facebook Live, Zoom, YouTube, or other media form, digital ministry has become the “new normal” during these unprecedented times.
While digital communication isn’t going away (much like COVID-19, unfortunately), and it can be an excellent tool, we need to be careful just how much we rely the Internet as the future of the church for several reasons.
Ultimately, the only thing that will matter in the future is the only thing that (should have) mattered all along...
Recently in a forum for church leaders, the question was posed:
How long should the church close if/when someone tests positive for COVID-19?
It’s a question that all organizations are wrestling with as the nation attempts reopening and the numbers of cases continue to climb.
But what if this is the wrong question to ask?
Before COVID-19 arrived on the scene, we shared announcements and sermon outlines in a bulletin, special event information on fliers, and information about our church for a new guest in Guest Welcome Packets.
But COVID-19 has forced us to reevaluate all of our processes in an effort to keep our congregation safe, and that leaves us wondering: Is it safe to distribute paper handouts to members and guests?
One of the biggest discussions happening in the church right now is how to proceed with digital worship. While some have gone the streaming route, others have opted to pre-record their services and release them at selected times each week.
So which one is right for your church? It depends.
Ministry looks different that it ever has before, and has left many churches feeling like they're behind the curve, wondering how their church will even survive the coronavirus crisis.
Here's the good news: it's not too late to build a church that will weather COVID-19.
The COVID-19 crisis has forced the majority of us to do ministry in a whole new way. How can we still reach our communities in safe ways? And how can we use this time to be prepared to welcome guests back when this pandemic is over? Read on for great ideas and resources.
We’ve been seeing a lot of TV show reboots lately. Fuller House (a take on the 80’s show Full House) seems to be the most popular one over the last few years, but there are many that have been released, and many more in the works. These reboots take favorite old classics that no one really watches anymore and tweak them a bit, bringing new stories and excitement, and a fresh new group of fans.
As we enter a new year and start to set new goals for our churches, we often look to our vision and mission statements to help guide our strategy. But what if our vision is kind of like that old classic TV show? It had its day, but now it’s kind of outdated and irrelevant—no one gets excited about it or inspired to action. Could it be that your vision statement needs a reboot?
Halloween can be a controversial topic in church circles. Some choose not to celebrate the holiday because of its associations with the devil, paganism, and evil. Many churches choose to not take a firm stance on the holiday, but encourage families to do what they think is best for their own children.
Summer is a busy time for many ministries—you might have Vacation Bible School, summer camps, retreats, or special Bible studies. And in the midst of all that, you’re trying to plan for your entire fall ministry as well as ways to kick off that ministry!
What does your guest experience actually look like for guests? Is it complicated and convoluted with too many assumptions? Or is it seamless and welcoming? Here are a few tips to make your guest ministry simple for guests while being complex enough to keep track of everything.