Technology

Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Amy Wilson Feltz, pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in El Paso, Texas, sets up computer equipment to stream a live sermon in the church’s sanctuary in September. Although the pulpit, which is visible on-camera, has the appropriate liturgical color, the banner on the wall was from Lent, when the church had to suspend in-person worship. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Amy Wilson Feltz.

Virtual worship is here for good

If there’s a positive side to the coronavirus for churches, it’s that many of them have dramatically upped their game online.
General Church
Mark Doyal. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Conference.

Churches must adapt to historic disruption

Amid the upheavals of 2020, churches have an opportunity to embody God’s Kingdom in new ways.
Annual Conferences
A view of GNTV Media Ministry’s video control room during the Baltimore-Washington Conference annual gathering shows multiple computer screens, audio equipment and busy technicians. Photo courtesy of GNTV Media Ministry.​

Conference sessions go virtual, with mixed results

Pandemic-prompted online gatherings offer efficiencies, but technological glitches have occurred and delegates miss being together.
Mission and Ministry
Sarai Moreno, a rising seventh grader, does homework on a computer at Robbinsville United Methodist Church in North Carolina. The church has worked to provide access to remote learning in a rural county where more than half of households have no internet. Women in the church created the needlepoint Last Supper at right. Photo by the Rev. Eric Reece.

Churches step up to help salvage school year

United Methodist congregations use creativity and faith to help students, parents and teachers when there are no clear solutions to the dangers of COVID-19.

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