If I were to guess, I’d say that Rev. Elle Dowd is an expression of the spiritual gift of apostleship. She was doing online ministry (before it was cool) years ago as a way of reaching out to the disaffected and traumatized. Her experience makes her the perfect guest for this podcast; I only hope I’m a good interviewer!
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.
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.
Perhaps that’s an overstatement, but Dylan Wilson of Bearden United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, shares some of the challenges of doing online ministry with youth and young adults in this time of social distancing. His creative work with video is bringing people into a place of participation in worship that he finds compelling. I…
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.
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. Kerra English is a half-time pastor near Richmond, Virginia, and works hard to keep a personal connection to her congregation. Sure, it’s easy to see how many people are watching your online services, but who are they, exactly?