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.
Word spread quickly that Facebook is blocking churches or removing videos of music that was pre-recorded. I called CCLI, the music licensing company, and my belief that Facebook is inherently unreliable was reinforced by what I heard.
Christmas will certainly be different this year. Unusual pressures will be born by clergy; maybe this is a great time to check in with your local rabbi.
Rev. Donna Claycomb Sokol is the pastor of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. Prior to the pandemic, this church worked to include people from all walks of life in ministry. The mission continues with new fervor and passion, but through its online presence, the circle is drawn much wider.
This week is a treat: three gentlemen who work together to get the services of Kern United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, online, where things have moved past survival mode. Now the church is ready to consider the larger implications of online ministry.
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.
Burnout is the other pandemic that’s taking over the lives of pastors we know. Are you taking care of yourself? Barb Klein of Inspired Possibility joins Rev. Annette Flynn and me to discuss the simple ways of taking care of oneself. Far from being selfish: in this time, it’s essential!