How do we become a truly Digital Church? The Corona Virus has forced pastors everywhere to ask all sorts of questions! Notice, I didn’t say, “How do we stream our services?” Because being a digital church requires a lot more than lame videos of our church services on Facebook. Let’s be honest, if you remove a physical church service from a lot of people, they will automatically fall back into all sorts of bad habits. As pastors, we need to take a serious look at how we’re helping our people maintain spiritual routines. After all, if we can’t do “physical church” for a while, there’s a good chance many of our members will not even be mature enough to come back. So beyond “online sermons” how do we stimulate fellowship? How do we create digital ministries and schedules? How do we do things like Growth Track and Teleconferencing Small Groups?
In response to all of these questions, the staff of Substance and I have put together some of our best suggestions! And the good news is this, if we take the time to rethink digital church, we will reap a harvest like no one else. In fact, the last two weeks, both of our online messages had well over 30,000 views. And the best part, we even had dozens of people going through our all digital Growth Track.
So, take some time to go through the following videos and pdfs. Many churches are doing truly creative things. If it helps you, run with it!
NEW VIDEO! Backstage Tour of Substance’s Digital Church – [Click Here]
Description: From Virtual Foyers to Virtual Growth Tracks: With the Corona virus affecting services, Peter explains how Substance is going way beyond simple live-streaming. Here’s how to integrate people into your digital church! From how they’re rethinking worship (for a distracting living room) and reorganizing their church around “Micro-campuses” (a.k.a. Zoom Small Groups.)
For the Nerdy Technological description of how we do digital church, click Substance-Church-Online-Streaming-101.pdf
To get the LifeChurch software platform (to stream your church service) click here
Video: How to Think differently during COVID-19 – Philosophical shifts for Pastors – [Click Here]
Description: With the Corona Virus Bans on gatherings, how can we lead differently? What are some basic philosophical shifts we can make during this season that will keep our churches strong. Pastor Peter introduces the basic concept of Micro-campuses and how they can function as a place-holder until the meeting ban lifts. – Transcript Version Here: PastoralShifts_COVID19
Video: How We’re Communicating to Our People about “Digital Church” – [Click Here]
Description: Pastor Peter explains to Substance many of the upgrades they’re making to the website this weekend and how church members can prepare for this mega-shift right now. From virtual foyers to virtual small groups – how fast can we reinvent ourselves as a digital church?
Additional Worship Resources: Feel free to use worship videos from “Substance I/O” – Dozens more coming that are designed for your living room! But here’s a start:
Video: Preach from your Kitchen table: Essential video tech toys to improve your media – [Click Here]
Description: With the Corona virus bans on gatherings, pastors need to turn to video preaching. But, we may not even be able to have a video team to help us. So, Pastor Peter explains how to have a bug-out bag filled with video tech. What the basic equipment that every pastor needs to preach anywhere at any time? From microphones to Iphone lenses, get ready for cheap solutions that work without a tech genius. For extended Printable Gear List: Equipment List for Video Bag
Kids Media Resources — Pastor your Kids while They’re at Home – [Here]
Description: In the coming days, there will be a lot of extra family time at home. So here are some spiritually enriching things to READ, WATCH and DO. These are some of our favorite resources for scripture engagement, Bible story videos & some encouragement for mom & dad too!
How to Facilitate Small Groups on “Zoom” Teleconferencing Platform: [Here]
Description: Teach your small group leaders the basics on using this powerful platform. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean, “social isolating!”
“Micro-campus” Leadership Training – Week 1 – Establish a New Habit: [Here]
Description: Micro-campuses are basically “digital small groups” that meet on Zoom two times a week: (1). 45 min. Before church; and (2). Wednesday Nights (after I give my “Wednesday Briefing” (a state of the church talk). In this video, Pastor Peter gives tips to their new Micro-campus leaders on how to “Get a win” in the first couple weeks of these new groups.
Here is the FAQ document on our “Micro-campus” Strategy that we give to our leaders: [Here]
Here is the FAQ document on our “Micro-campus” Strategy that we give to our attendees: [Here]
Substance Church Online Streaming 101 [Here]
Description: As we navigate this era of an all digital church, there have been lots of questions on how Substance has set up online streaming. Many churches are experiencing “streaming fails” because they aren’t setting up the “back-end” aspects of their digital church. Above is a document put together by one of our IT staff members.
Want to know how to communicate this to your church? Want to know about legal and financial ideas? How about copywrite laws for streaming? Or Kids or teleconferencing software? See Below!
Check out the Association of Related Churches Resource Page here: https://www.arcchurches.com/covid19
My mentor Chris Hodges has some incredible Resources on COVID-19 at GROW LEADER.com
Lastly, my friend Marc Estes pastors an incredible church with thoughtful resources here: https://mannahouse.church/resources
How to Create a Quarantine Routine – a Peter Haas blog filled with Advice for Church Members