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Worship: Online Hospitality & Participation

resources from judicatories, including re-opening guidelines and online worship videos; online hospitality & participation; engaging children, youth, and intergenerational; lectionary & preaching; liturgy, music & liturgical arts; tech & copyright helps;


Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to encourage Online Hospitality and Participation.

Scroll down to find:

  • Blogs, Podcasts & Articles
  • Books
  • Differently Abled engagement
  • Judicatory Resources
  • Webinars & Study
  • Covid-19 Considerations
  • what we have In Our Library

Preachers may also find new inspiration in our Doctrines & Theologies, especially Atonement Theory and Exploring God and any of our Social Justice lib guides.


American Liturgy          Did That Just Happen?!     SocialBook_Mockup.png          Hybrid Hope: Church of the Future for Churches with a Future: Piazza, Rev.  Michael S., Baskette, Rev. Molly, Schaper, Rev. Donna, James, Coy, Thumma,  Scott, Colwell, Rev. Kelly: 9798843019020: Books     Post-Traumatic Jesus          Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a  Restless World | Broadleaf Books     Book - Paperback     The Visual Preacher: Proclaiming an Embodied Word     Worship for the Whole People of God, Second Edition

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

Collage of a photo showing a Sunday morning worship service, a photo of a person with a computer engaging virtually with that same worship service, and a person on a computer watching a recording of that service several days laterLeading Ideas Talks Podcast — Episode 119

“Hybrid Worship: Reaching People Here and There, Now and Later” featuring Jason Moore

How can your worship connect powerfully not only with those in the room on Sunday mornings, but with those worshiping online in the moment and after the fact? Hybrid ministry expert Jason Moore outlines simple changes that can make your worship more meaningful and participatory for online viewers in the moment and “evergreen” in its ability to remain relevant and accessible to anyone at any time. Listen nowread transcript, and watch on YouTube


Person with hands clasped in prayer while engaging in online worship on a laptop computer10 Ways to Engage People Who Worship Online

How can congregations better engage people who worship online? Jim Keat, Digital Minister at The Riverside Church, offers 10 tips for congregations to strengthen engagement and build relationships with online worshippers. Read more now.

THIS set of slides on pronouncing a name from a culture that is not your own is very useful and practical - and helpful when you want to be hospitable and welcoming whether in your building or your neighborhood.

People praying in the living room of a house church worship serviceChurch Comes Home” featuring Dave Barnhart

The pandemic taught us that church happens in powerful and meaningful ways outside our buildings. Dave Barnhart describes how small, home-centered worshiping communities can connect with people who may never cross the threshold of your church.

Person wearing a mask during a worship service and graphs of post-covid church statisticsHow Has COVID-19 Impacted Religious Participation?

by Amy Kubichek of Lewis Center for Church Leadership

May 3, 2022

Graphic showing one person receiving information from the church leading to that person sharing information with others in a group4 Keys to Move from Online Worship to Online Ministry

Nicole Reilley says posting worship services online is just the first step in developing a holistic online ministry. She enumerates four keys to developing a digital ministry that engages people and moves them toward Christ and his church.

Video Blessings: An Idea for COVID & Beyond

Create a a short video of church members sharing their blessings for one another for use in worship or on social media channels.

Contrasting photos of tourist riding a double decker tour bus versus a traveler learning a craft in another countryAre Your Worshipers Tourists or Travelers?

How can you inspire your worship attendees to be active participants rather than casual bystanders? David W. Manner explores the metaphor of travelers versus tourists to consider what it means to be fully engaged in worship.

Pastoring in the Digital Parish delivers community and resources for leaders adjusting to ministry in digital space. It’s the digital ministry class you missed in seminary.Pastoring in the Digital Parish (from the United Methodist Church) delivers community and resources for leaders adjusting to ministry in digital space with coaches and teachers who guide listeners in building an online presence for ministries, engaging individuals in community, and ushering communities into digital discipleship.

People sharing community on an online church serviceParticipation & Presence: Leading Meaningful Digital Worship

Learn how to take your leadership of digital worship to the next level.

Judicatory Resources

has a huge list of resources for on-lining church (worship and study groups) and free downloadable faith formation for all ages

Webinars & Study

The Video Editing for Churches course will help you learn how to use editing tools like Adobe Rush and iMovie to create videos your members, newcomers, and others will want to see.The Video Editing for Churches course will help you learn how to use editing tools like Adobe Rush and iMovie to create videos your members, newcomers, and others will want to see.

This is an open enrollment course.

CONVERGENCE offers numerous leadership and community development webinars on-demand or in a cohort:

How to Do Hybrid Church: Ministry at the Overlap of In-Person and Online

The Online Church Conference - available on demand

The Great Spiritual Migration: Online Book Study

How to Preach a Sermon Online: Stepping into the Pulpit of Online Video

How to Do Church Online (Use code CHURCHONLINE for 50% off!)

Church Online: Individual Consultation - Take the next step with your online church and digital ministry content.

Church Online: Weekly Conversation - a free weekly conversation and group coaching call about how to do church online

Preaching Advent: Hope. Peace. Joy. Love. and Justice

Radical Welcome: Help Your Church Fully Embrace the Other

Social Media for Ministry 101: Twitter+Facebook+Instagram

CPR Webinar Series: A Free Webinar Series to Equip the Future of the Church

Church Hacks for Lent: Ideas for Your Congregation during Lent

Your Message Matters: Become a Public Theologian for the 21st Century (with Brian McLaren)

Worship Matters: Creating Liturgical Alignment (with Brian McLaren)

Be the Welcoming Church cover image of a smiling person warming embracing anotherBe the Welcoming Church

Learn how your church can make visitors feel truly welcome and comfortable.

Covid-19 Guidelines

Resuming Care-filled Worship and Sacramental Life: The Ecumenical Consultation on Protocols for Worship, Fellowship, and Sacraments

DON'T sign over SLIDE TO POWER OFF ONLINE SERVICES cell phone image7 Reasons You Must Not Abandon Your Online Services

Thom Rainer says it is a mistake for churches to give up their digital or streaming services after returning to in-person worship. He outlines seven reasons online worship can augment your place-based worship and reach the community.

Convergence offers the on-demand course How to Do Hybrid Worship with Jim Keat

In Our Library

Brim: Creative Overflow in Worship Design     Paperback Handbook for Multi-Sensory Worship, Vol.1 Book     Handbook for Multisensory Worship, Volume 2  -     By: Kim Miller, Ginghamsburg Worship Team     9780827216440: Missional Worship: Increasing Attendance and Expanding the Boundaries of your Church     Think Like a Filmmaker|Marcia McFee     Worship Ways For the People Within Your Reach - eBook  -     By: Thomas G. Bandy