Faith Sharing

Local Church
The Rev. Nathan Webb is pastor of Checkpoint Church, which was designed to be exclusively virtual. The church utilizes social media platforms Twitch, Discord and YouTube to build community. Screenshot courtesy of Checkpoint Church via YouTube.

‘Church for nerds’ builds community without a building

As churches in the pandemic era have gotten creative with virtual worship, Checkpoint Church was designed to be exclusively virtual. They don’t even have a building.
Evangelism
The Rev. Thomas Kim. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News

A lamentation with hope for Afghanistan

Watching the news of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan reminds the Rev. Thomas Kim of time he spent with missionaries there following his brother-in-law’s death in a bombing.
Evangelism
Tim Tanton, United Methodist Communications. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Social media enables community around news

Social media has extended The United Methodist Church’s reach and revolutionized the way UM News reports. However, those advances come with challenges.
Evangelism
The Rev. David Petty, shown in the inset image at lower right, plays the Mass Effect video game online. Petty, senior pastor at St Paul’s United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., has been in ministry with the gaming community since 2017. UM News screenshot from YouTube.

Online gamer ministry offers unique outreach

When a video game-playing pastor realized the strong communities that gamers were building online, he saw an untapped opportunity for ministry.

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