The COVID-19 pandemic pushed churches all over the world to get their worship experiences online. A burst of global trial and error ensued. The initial results were mixed, but many churches soon reported experiencing up to three times the weekly engagements of thirty minutes or more, as compared to pre-pandemic participation. However, the newness of digital worship wore off eventually. . . . Furthermore, the impact of a large digital gathering is far different from gathering in an actual room full of people and energy.
—Paul Nixon and Craig Gilbert, Launching a New Worship Community: A Practical Guide for the 2020s (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
If your church currently offers online worship services, how does your faith community follow up with new people who attend these services? Join the conversation.
[Jesus said,] “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”
—Matthew 10:40 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, help us to welcome new people into our faith communities. Guide us to people who are seeking you, and help us convey your love and acceptance as we develop authentic relationships with them. Amen.
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For many churches, the call to make disciples comes with a realization that the church’s current worship opportunities do not reach certain groups in their surrounding community. A practical guide for church planters in the 2020s, Launching a New Worship Community is now available in both English and Spanish.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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