Now that restrictions have eased, many churches are thinking about how they continue to use digital technology in the future. The Chelmsford Diocese Communications Team are keen to support you.
A new series of free online webinars, beginning in October, will explore how digital communications can continue to be used effectively in mission and ministry. Each Webinar, hosted on Zoom, will offer the opportunity to hear from guest speakers, join in discussions, share experiences and best practice and take part in a Q &A.
Recordings of previous webinars are posted below
What next for online church?
Monday 7th February 2022, 7pm
This session will look at What next for online church? and will explore the reasons why digital can play a key role supporting many aspects of mission and ministry. There will be an the opportunity to hear from guest speakers, join in discussions, share experiences and best practice and take part in a Q &A.
How can digital communications help us engage with our local communities this Christmas?
Monday 1st November, 7pm
What role does digital have to play when engaging with your local community this Christmas?
During this webinar we will heard from guest speakers from different parts of the diocese who will share how they are planning to use digital communications in their ministry to help engage with communities this Christmas.
Participants had the opportunity to share their own plans, ideas and ask questions as we look at using digital alongside traditional ministry at Christmas time.
What next? Hybrid church as we emerge from the Pandemic
Monday 4 October, 7pm.
Our guest speaker is Pete Philips, Digital Theologian at Durham University and Head of Digital Theology at Premier Christian Radio. Pete shared insights on the future of online church. Participants participants to shared their own experiences, ideas and concerns as we looked at, what next for online church?
Transfer, translate or transform: Where are we with online church?
Tuesday 27 October 2020, 7pm
This session explored how worshipping communities have adapted to digital ministry during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic and the learning so far. Looking at insight drawn from church leaders around the globe, gleaned from both practice and theory, we expliored a new framework - Transfer, Translate, Transform.
Our guest speaker was the Rev Alan Moss. Alan is a curate in Collier Row and has been working with the Diocesan Communications team over the last 6 months to research and explore the development of online church during the Coronavirus Pandemic and to develop a plan to support parishes in the future. During the webinar Alan explained what’s happened with online church in our diocese and further afield.A recording of the webinar is available below.
Tuesday 10 November 2020, 7pm
Video has become an essential part of church life during 2020.
The webinar covered the basics of video and live streaming including:
- Software for editing and streaming
- Live streaming, pre recording and platforms (Zoom, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram)
- Promoting online worship
- Licensing, safeguarding and data protection
We were also joined by Evie Ball from Meadgate Church in Chelmsford who talked about how they have used video in their children's ministry.
A recording is available below:
The Basics: YouTube and Zoom for churches
Tuesday 12 January 2021
This session covers the basics of YouTube and Zoom and is aimed at those who are looking to use these platforms for the first time. YouTube is great for sharing pre-recorded services which means you don’t need an internet connection in your church. We will go through how to set up a YouTube account, how to start recording and how to upload a video to YouTube, as well as how to promote and share the videos with your church community.
We will also look at how to create a Zoom account, how to schedule a Zoom meeting and top tips for hosting a meeting.
The Basics: Facebook Live for churches
Thursday 14 January 2021
This session will cover the basics of live streaming church services using Facebook Live on a mobile phone and is aimed at those who are looking to use this platform to live stream for the first time. We will look at how to set up a live video post, how to schedule a live broadcast and practical tips for going live on Facebook.
Digital Foundations: Building a digital mission strategy for your community
Tuesday 19 January, 7pm
In this session we considered the importance of developing a digital mission strategy for our worshipping communities that goes beyond ‘come to us’ thinking and seeks to utilise digital platforms as way to be incarnational both online and off. We will hear from some early stage practitioners and consider how we can make the most of our digital comms and online presence.
Our guest speakers were the Dean of Chelmsford, Nicholas Henshall and Pioneer Minister Revd. Sarah Hayward and her husband Tim who regularly produce videos for their YouTube channel - Hayward’s Hope in isolation.
Evangelism in a digital world
Tuesday 2 February, 7pm
This session considered the role of digital evangelism and how our church communities can better navigate the complicated and ever-increasing social landscape of the online space and bring the good news of Christ into its midst in new and innovative ways.
Our guest speaker was Ali Johnson, Digital Evangelist at Cliff College
Nuts and bolts 3: The use of other Digital Tools
Tuesday 16 February, 7pm
This session covered the use of other digital tools such as Email, WhatsApp and websites and the practicalities of using them. We were also joined by guests from across the diocese who share their own experience of using these tools.
Digital Theology: The emergence of Hybrid church
Tuesday 2 March, 7pm
For the past several decades there has been a larger cultural shift taking place known as the Digital Revolution. Some have ignored it, some have watched from a distance and some have whole heartedly embraced it. Wherever we stood on this emerging digital age before the Covid 19 pandemic we have now all been thrust into its midst and forced to answer a set of bigger questions such as, What is church? & What does it look like in a digital landscape?
This session drew on the wisdom and insight of those theological scholars and digital entrepreneurs who have been considering this question for decades before the pandemic took hold and have coined the term, Physical & Digital Hybrid Church. Is this the future?
Our guest speaker was Pete Philips, Digital Theologian at Durham University and Head of Digital Theology at Premier Christian Radio.