Digital Ministry in 2021

Digital Ministry in 2021

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About a year ago, many of our churches closed their doors to in-person worship and have not reopened them since.  In various and creative ways, our churches ministered digitally during this season of COVIDtide.  For some churches, their COVID-driven digital efforts were an extension of the digital ministry in which they were already engaged.  For others, digital ministry became a new expression of worship and outreach.  The digital ministry learning curve has been a steep one, but we should celebrate how God enabled so many of us to rise to the challenge.

As we enter the second year of the pandemic’s effects, we are blessed with the increasing availability of effective coronavirus vaccines.  As vaccinations become more widespread, many of our churches who have remained digital-only now hope to become a hybrid community in the future. As a hybrid community they engage in worship and other ministries with those who are digital participants, often new to the community and living anywhere in the world. At the same time, these churches minister with those who have returned to in-person activities. Still some churches have been meeting in a hybrid format for months now are reflecting on their experiences so far and considering how to better integrate their digital and physical congregants so that all may be one.

Congregations are realizing that being a hybrid church can entail having a regular, intentional digital presence during the week, not just on Sundays.  This presence includes mid-week scripture reflections for some of our fellowships, daily morning or evening prayer services for others, and digital fellowship times for others.  Churches are only limited in creating digital opportunities for genuine Christian fellowship and spiritual growth by their imaginations.
    
An important part of my role as the SNEUCC’s Digital Minister is to help you profitably reflect on issues and concerns such as these.  The support I can provide includes helping to envision ministry from 10,000 feet as well as answering granular questions, such as determining how to configure digital equipment that your church may be considering purchasing. 

You are most welcome to contact me for a consultation regarding your specific question or concern.  However, one of the best ways we build our own ministry is by participating in guided sharing from others who are going through something similar.  There is an abundance of experience, knowledge, and wisdom about digital and hybrid ministry in our Conference.

You are encouraged to take advantage of our collective experience, knowledge, and wisdom by joining our ever-growing group of Tech Deacons during our weekly Roundtable Discussions held each Tuesday. There are two timeslots for you to choose from that run bi-weekly on alternate weeks. A morning session is offered at 11 AM and an evening session is held at 7 PM.

Please use the following links to sign up. Once you sign up for a time slot, you are registered for all upcoming gatherings.

Tuesday Morning Gatherings

Tuesday Evening Gatherings

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Eric M. Elley

Eric is the Digital Minister of the Southern New England Conference.

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