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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;

Covid-19 Guidelines

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

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7 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

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

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.

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5 Dos and Don’ts to Make the Most of Your Digital Worship

It’s a good time for congregations to reassess their approach to online worship. The Lewis Center's Tim Snyder offers five “dos and don’ts” for churches looking to make digital worship a permanent element of their ministry.

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Participation & Presence: Leading Meaningful Digital Worship

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

IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE V. ONLINE ATTENDANCE AND THE EMERGING TRAP OF DOING NOTHING WELL by Carey Nieuwhof: tips on moving into a dual-worship mode with intentionality and excellence.

All of the United Methodist Communications' Local Church Learning Sessions have been developed specifically to support local United Methodist churches during this extraordinary time. New sessions will be added here as they are produced.

Books

American Liturgy               Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a  Restless World | Broadleaf Books     Book - Paperback     Worship for the Whole People of God, Second Edition

Webinars & Study

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Be the Welcoming Church

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