My wife is the pastor of Eliot Presbyterian Church in Lowell, MA and during the pandemic I became the technical director for our worship services. I am an early tech adopter and served the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery as their Director of Communications for two and a half years, so this is a natural fit. As we look towards our safe return to the sanctuary, I continue to advise the Reopening Task Force on the challenges we face using a hybrid model.
Connection and community are central to a healthy organization, especially when we are unable to be present in the same space. Even the healthiest churches are struggling with the prospect of hybrid worship. We know that even when the buildings reopen, some members will choose to worship from home for the foreseeable future.
A colleague once said “Atheism isn’t a threat to the church; Sunday morning soccer games are.” Hybrid church offers an opportunity for families to carve out a sacred space in their already busy lives, even if they can’t enter the church building. What if families could be engaged, worship, and experience the love and support of their faith community, but do so without having to leave home. That is hybrid worship done well.
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