Online Worship

Worship
Kelly Price. Photo by Portrait Innovations, courtesy of the author.

The Metaverse and Methodism

Online worship services are a great start, says a digital marketing expert and lay minister, but it is time to move into digital spaces like the metaverse if the church wants to be relevant in the future.
Faith Sharing
Kayla Alexander (left), who attended First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge as a child, attended the church virtually while her family was in lockdown because of COVID-19 in Australia, where they now live. Alexander and Jamie (to her right) brought their third child Brady Alexander to Louisiana to be baptized by the Rev. Brady Whitton at First United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Kayla Alexander.

Virtual church will continue after COVID-19

The rewards of online ministry are too rich to give up if and when the coronavirus is a thing of the past, said a pastor in Louisiana. Three stories from First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge illustrate his point.
Mission and Ministry
Barbara Dunlap-Berg. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Stop yelling! I still can’t hear you!

As mask-wearing during the pandemic challenges communication, churches help people adapt via online opportunities.
Church Growth
The Rev. Taurai Emmanuel Maforo. Photo by Mutsa Roy Maforo.

Virtual church is the new ministry paradigm

The shift from physical gatherings to a “church without walls” was deemed unthinkable just a few years ago, but COVID-19 lockdowns fast-tracked the practice of online ministry.

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