Rev. Dr. Laurence Hesser is the pastor of a mid-sized United Methodist church in rural Tennessee. His own quest to understand his congregation’s needs led him to quickly learn how to make quality video, and has seen his online numbers surpass his in-person worship numbers as a result.
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.
Relying on a Facebook-only strategy for streaming your worship services is risky. With all social media, you are not in control; a better way to go is outlined in my latest webinar. You can find it at https://lakelandsinstitute.com/social-webinar. I hope to see you there!
Rev. Ginger Isom is the pastor of a small-membership church in Morristown, Tennessee. Although she is a self-described “Non-Techie,” she has embraced the production process for pre-recorded services and hopes to integrate some of these elements into her church’s hybrid worship in the weeks ahead.
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.
In this conversation with Curtis Ramsey-Lucas, he shares he own experiences with leadership in online worship as well as his new book, #InThisTogether: Ministry in Times of Crisis, in which authors come together to offer observations about the triple crises we face today: a pandemic, the unveiling of systemic racism, and an electoral crisis. Curtis…
Many of us are trying to figure out how to fit in a whole new set of demands into our routine. Trying to fit the priorities of both in-person and online worship together can be maddening.