The Lakelands Institute is a team of visionary worship leaders, pastors, online content creators, videographers, and community builders who come together to offer our wisdom, experience, and practical know-how to church leaders who are ready to help guide the church through the transitions taking place.
On March 12, 2020, I was in the offices of the National Council of Churches when things started to fall like dominoes. Conventions, meetings, sporting events, entertainment, all the things we built our lives around closed up. Churches closed too. It was a day of confusion and uncertainty, and we all seemed to know that things were going to be very different going forward.
What has emerged in the months following this date is a consensus that the pandemic sped up trends that have been in the works for more than fifty years. The church is in a wilderness, and with all wildernesses, a promised land awaits. But it’s very difficult to see it when you’re hungry, thirsty, and surrounded by those who long for the “good ole days.”
I’ve heard the same thing everywhere: “I’m weary,” and, “When I went to seminary I did not sign up to be a television producer!” We may long for the day when everything will go back to the way it was before March 12, but it’s becoming clearer every day: online ministry is here to stay, and if we don’t get on board, the ship will sail without us. It doesn’t, however, have to wear us out, and we’re here to help you work smarter, not harder.
Because we know church leaders enjoy learning with peers, we’ve created a social network here to help connect. Our courses are designed to be worked through in conversation with others: find thought partners to learn with either by doing our courses with colleagues or find some new ones here.
So please take a look around and see if you can find the help you need. New team members, courses, and other features are being added regularly. Let us know what we can do to improve.
-Rev. Steven D. Martin, Founder