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Pandemic Worship Changes Worth Keeping
So much has changed about church worship since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, soared, waned, and resurges. Those pandemic-forced pivots have created worship opportunities that have helped congregations adapt, find unity amid division, and pursue justice.
Feature Story | June 16, 2022
Five Tips on Using Digital Tech to Engage Virtual and In-Person Worshipers
Whether you call it virtual worship or online worship, some people will continue to join worship remotely even as others joyfully return to church buildings. Here are five tips for using digital technology as a “both/and” option for hybrid worship services.
Article | June 16, 2022
Technology, Faith Formation, and Worship at Home
The technology isn’t new, but the ways in which it’s used and how much it’s being used in worship have changed drastically in the past two years. In this panel discussion, we will talk to educators, church leaders, and parents about how technology is forming the faith of the youngest members of the church and how worship at home and worship in community has changed throughout the pandemic. This is a YouTube Video Premiere panel discussion.
Video | November 15, 2021
Kate Williams on the Coronavirus and Sacred Music
When COVID-19 forced churches and schools to go virtual, GIA Publications helped church music ministers and music educators adjust. Some digital adaptations are here to stay because they help connect music ministers, worshipers, and music educators.
Conversation | May 11, 2021
Digital Life Together: The Challenge of Technology for Worshiping Communities
We are grateful for a new book by Calvin colleagues titled Digital Life Together: The Challenge of Technology for Christian Schools which provides much wisdom for learning and life together. What technology opportunities and challenges will worshiping communities anticipate in the next few years? What virtues and habits do congregations and communities need to cultivate now to be ready for that time? Add your constructive comments and insights to this page using the Facebook comments. Our moderators will regularly post comments or responses. Thanks for joining us in this new way of engaging and learning together.
Online Discussion | January 06, 2021
Online Discipleship and Mindfulness
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted opportunities to learn together in the same physical space. But Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary offer short online courses for lifelong learners to engage topics such as embodied discipleship and mindfulness in a world gone virtual.
Conversation | November 09, 2020
How to Learn Well in Online Courses: An Invitation to Conversation
Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary offer short-term online courses for lifelong learners. Besides engaging content to address key ministry challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the courses invite students and instructors into a culture of curiosity where they can learn from each other.
Feature Story | November 09, 2020
Shaping Worship During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Sparking New Connections at New Mount Zion Baptist Church, Roxboro, North Carolina
Like many congregations, New Mount Zion Baptist Church has people with varying abilities, incomes, and technology access. In this edited conversation, LaTonya McIver Penny shares how to use a mix of digital and old-fashioned ways to help worshipers and community members stay connected.
Conversation | April 14, 2020
Shaping Worship During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Maintaining Community via Virtual Worship at St. Monica Catholic Community, Santa Monica, California
St. Monica Catholic Community aims to welcome and engage every member toward deeper participation in worship and parish life. In this edited conversation, Dale Sieverding explains how to keep members of a church community feeling connected even though they cannot commune together.
Conversation | April 14, 2020
Shaping Worship During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ministry of Presence at St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church, Roseville, California
Greek Orthodox Christian worship is consciously embodied. Christopher Flesoras, a Greek Orthodox priest, discusses pastoral discernment for serving the faithful when public health needs require social distancing, also known as physical distancing.
Article | April 07, 2020
Shaping Worship during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Asking Good Questions in Chinese-Language Evangelical Churches in Vancouver, British Columbia
In this edited conversation, Herbert Tsang shares how to use a mix of digital and old-fashioned ways to help worshipers and community members stay connected. He suggests good questions to think about regarding how technology and COVID-19 will form churches and worshipers.
Conversation | April 06, 2020
Shaping Worship During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Livestream at Christian & Missionary Alliance Churches in Hong Kong
Yvette Lau explains how Christian & Missionary Alliance churches in Hong Kong are deciding whether or how to do virtual worship or even virtual communion. In this edited conversation, she suggests that worship planners consider what will be communal, hospitable, and beneficial to the whole community—during and after COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
Conversation | April 01, 2020
Welcoming the Arts in Worship
Worship Renewal Grant recipients described how engaging people of all ages and cultures in leading worship through dance, music, video, and visual art is bringing renewal in worship.
Audio | February 22, 2013
Making Worship Videos: Learning with and from Film Makers
Filmmakers seldom feel welcome where their product, process, and heroes are misunderstood, or worse - condemned from the pulpit. Discuss how church leaders can channel these influential artists to contribute videos of beauty and spiritual significance.
Video | February 19, 2013
Convergence and Consumption: The Digital Age and a New Ecology of Worship
This presentation explores the major historical shifts in technology and their dramatic impact on worship in the church.
Video | February 19, 2013
Rick Blunt on Connecting Church Offerings to Grateful Living
A conversation on the use of connection cards, cards that allow people to respond to the sermon with service.
Conversation | February 03, 2012
Technology that Redeems Downtime
Does your favorite technology device, platform, or default activity help you become more like Christ and renew you for work in God’s world?
Feature Story | December 07, 2011
Getting Started with Webcasting Online Worship
John Zimmerman and Matt Kennedy share a mutual interest in using technology to reach people for Christ. They say it’s easier than you might think to start streaming your church worship services live so that people at remote locations can join you.
Feature Story | November 09, 2011
New Media Project
Helping religious leaders become theologically savvy about technology.
Website | October 19, 2011