Rev. Mark Anthoni Thomas is a pastor in Washington, DC, who has found Facebook Live to be a great way to engage his congregation. There’s a lot that’s remarkable about Mark, but today I’m most interested in how he uses this powerful medium – and maintains his authenticity.
Rev. Rock Fremont is the pastor of Shepherd of the Hills UCC Church near Phoenix, Arizona. His church is full of “snowbirds,” residents who spend winters in Phoenix and summers elsewhere. Not surprisingly, online worship has allowed his members to stay connected throughout the year, and has had some added benefits as well.
Rev. Mark Flynn is the Lead Pastor of a “high steeple” church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Mark describes the “stressful” first live worship service and his move to a pre-recorded service.
Rev. Kate Dalton is the lead pastor of First Parish in Yarmouth, Maine, where she leads a team that has worked overtime to ensure members of the congregation remained connected. I joked with her about the number of great ideas she was sharing, but seriously, this one is full of good information.
As some of us move worship back into our sanctuaries, what have we learned while doing online worship that we’d like to bring into our sanctuaries with us?
I’m moving from one townhouse to another in the same neighborhood. It’s as much work as moving across the country! Things are changing all around us, and whenever we are going through a time of big change, is it possible to think that the small changes in life are often as difficult as the big…
I’m not a big fan of doing difficult things. If I have to, I usually can, but I like to know how long I’ll have to do them.