1. It Must Be Accessible to Everyone
COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way we do church. Even churches that have gone back to having in-person worship services each week, still need to consider those who are high risk and must stay home. Like it or not, live streaming is now necessary for the foreseeable future. That means you need a simple and repeatable process for running live stream every week.
See a simple live streaming process
2. It Must Drive Online Community
According to Pew Research, one in five adults have relocated during the pandemic. In addition, most churches have been disrupted in some way over the last year. That's why it's more critical than ever to have a vibrant online community where people can gather and be the Church together.
Learn how to build a vibrant online group
With political division at an all-time high, many church leaders aren't sure how best to move forward. But one thing is certain: the job of the church hasn't changed even though some of the mechanisms for outreach and discipleship might look different in a digital space.
Learn how to read a commentary or book together in community
3. It Must Help New People Find You
With so many people relocating, chances are high you'll have new people in your church's neighborhood who are looking for a church. That's why it's critical you have an up-to-date church website that is optimized to be found online.
Learn more about SEO for Churches
Even though COVID-19 has put a damper on in-person events, that doesn't mean you can't have great digital events. In fact, you should. Your community is counting on you to help keep fellowship alive and active. From online movie discussions to book groups to Bible studies, there are plenty of digital events you can run to keep people engaged. Best of all, when you create an event in Faithlife, you can automatically share it to your site.
Learn more about Faithlife's event management tools
4. It Must Meet Real Needs
High unemployment means people in your community might be struggling to pay the bills—now is the time to press in, understand the need, and provide ways for your church to step up and meet it. Consider setting up time-limited funds to help the community with rent, groceries, medical bills, and more.
Understand the need by asking your community to post prayer requests. And while you're at it, see if their family and friends have needs the church can support.
It all starts with having the right online giving tool.
Bonus: It Must Be Engaging
Just because you may not be gathering in your sanctuary doesn't mean your worship time shouldn't have lyrics on the screen or your pastor's sermon shouldn't have slides. Connecting with your congregants during your service time is more important now than ever before. Use a presentation software that seamlessly connects with your live stream provider so that you can display sermons slides and lyrics during your live stream.
Use a presentation software that seamlessly connects with your live stream provider so that you can display sermons slides and lyrics during your live stream—and display beautiful graphics to captivate them visually while you're at it.
Introducing the First Integrated Ministry Platform
Everything included on this page and more is included in the Faithlife Integrated Ministry Platform. To learn more about our premium offerings, you can schedule a demo or visit equip.faithlife.com.