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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;

Books

American Liturgy          Did That Just Happen?!     SocialBook_Mockup.png               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

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)

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Be the Welcoming Church

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

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

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.

Co-Creating a Prayer for Lent “Mad Lib” Style

includes great insight on using technologies such as zoom to reach people in new, sustaining, and sustainable ways - adaptable for Advent or any other season

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Are 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.

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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.

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