Churches & Technology

One thing that the pandemic made apparent was the “loss of” and the “need for” community. Larger churches were have been using technology to create a sense of community prior to the pandemic, therefore they could continue to function when the pandemic hit. However the small church with little or no use of technology almost died.

Prior to the pandemic, one of the strengths of the small church was “in-person” community, but that was almost killed by the pandemic.

The pandemic pointed out the need to the small church for quick implementation of technology, not only for community, but all the functions of a church such as worship, teaching, prayer, discipleship, evangelism, and stewardship! All the church functions require communication.

Technology enables all of the above to be done in-person or online. Not only did technology usage by the large churches provide communication , but allowed for the sense of community.

Technology enables and enhances every area of the local church. For example:

1) Technology Enables Communication

Communication through email, text, Facebook, church blog, website, etc can easily connect with the congregation, throughout the day and week

2) Technology Enhances Community

Technology allows a greater sense of community that doesn’t demand proximity. It is not a requirement to be gathered together physically. It can be enable by the technologies mentioned above, plus the use of virtual group technology such as zoom, Facebook, web x, etc.

3) Technology Enhances Discipleship

Using technology people can access the services in person, live streaming, or on demand. Viewers can watch at their convivence , on TV, phone, or computer. They can access not only the preaching service, but all types of discipleship training material. prayer services, etc. Two way technology allows the viewer to interact with the presenter when allowed and/or desired.

4) Technology Enhances the other functions of the church such as prayer, worship, evangelism, and stewardship.

Worship and evangelism is an automatic feature of using the technology to have everything on-line available on your church website. That allows not only your congregation can view your services, discipleship, and evangelistic material, but also the they can interact with church staff by a phone, email, text, online chat, etc.

Foe example, the church’s prayer ministry can be both broadcast (open/general) and /or private (on line chat, email, text messaging etc)

Stewardship is easly enhanced by a simple, but secure online giving capablity.

I want to emphysize the power and need for the use of technology at every size of church, especially the smaller ones.

All the above can be implimeted by any size church with little financial cost. Training and assistance can be provided for free, church websites are cheap, most communication technology can be implimented through a intenet connection. Both the website and internet access can be had for under $100 per month total.

Not only will your ministry be enhanced for the future, but you will also be better prepared for any future unexpected event

A New Normal

What is The New Normal?

Now church leaders face a pressing question: What will church look like going forward? What is The New Normal?

Some think we can return to the old normal with the focus on an “in-person gathering” on Sunday morning. Some churches started or expanded a digital ministry which they viewed would be a life raft, keeping them afloat and in touch with their congregations and communities until they could reach dry land (back to normal in-person). Many saw embracing a virtual (digital) a stop-gap measure rather than a permanent plan.

This past year has been a year of adapting, of trying, and trying again. The questions are: What do we hold on to? What do we let go of? How do we measure success? How do we sustain and expand the impact of our in-person and digital ministries?

Just as we use new terms such as vitual or digital interchageable, people are starting to use the terms hybrid and phygital, physical and digital. We need to remember how quickly our culture, retailers and organizations have embraced the idea of phygital marketing and business models that meld physical and digital experiences.

Only the physical businesses such as Walmart who embraced e-commerce quickly, their (phygital) brick/mortar & internet sales, are thriving. The older big box stores who did not are closing.

It is no longer a matter of either/or; instead, it is both (hybrid)!

Churches must use the digital technology to the utermost! The physical and the digital experience work in tandem, complementing one another and creating a more personalized, memorable, and engaging guest experience.

For example, when you visit an amusement park, you can choose to purchase tickets online or at the gate. Within the park, you access the park app to explore schedules, featured shows, dining options, and ride wait times.

This is true for churches, not only will people go to a church website to view church service times, but also to see the ministries offered, on-line Bible studies, etc. The church website is becoming the main avenue for evangelism, discipleship, and fellowhip (opportunities)

We must quickly realized that for our church to survive and thrive, we must quickly use all available resources, inovation and expertise to become a hybride church. If your church has expertise in these areas, share it with struggling churches, if you don’t reach out to a church that does. We all are in God’s Army, let us win this war!

Next to the pastor and the preaching/teaching ministry, the most important person in a local church is quickly becoming the web master, the person that maintains the church website, and the church’s website.

Although a church FaceBook page is good, it cannot supply all the functionality required for a Church’s web ministry!

Let us look at the specific technologies that all churches, large or small, need to be using.

  1. Your Church Website
  2. Church FaceBook Page
  3. FaceBook Live Streaming
  4. Zoom for Small Groups

Your Church Website

Your church website has now become the most important ministry tool!

Your church website is your digital front door. Your church’s website is how most people decide if they will visit your church or not! It serves as a 24/7 church staff member not only to invite new potential worshipers, but keeps everyone including current attendees informed about serving opportunities in your church.

The church website is the Central Location to Share Up-to-Date Events Calendars, Service Programs, and Bulletins. In reduces cost in printing church calendars, information about programs, and bulletins, plus changes can be made instantly. Instead in mailing them, just post on the church website.

Your church Website Keeps Your Congregation Engaged and Active. According to recent research, over 60% of church-goers say that a church’s website is important in facilitating their participation at church. People can be able to sign up for events and programs online at their own convenience, which will be much easier to organize and track.

Your Church website can showcase Your Church’s Community Involvement. Use your church’s website to display the reach and extent of your church’s ministry and inspire others to get involved too, even if they aren’t current members of your congregation. Showcase programs your church is involved in or supports within your community, such as afterschool programs, food pantry, programs that feed the homeless, etc.

In addition to saving money and decreasing your paper trail, you’ll be able to easily update calendar and program information last-minute on your website in case anything changes.

Your website can be a secure Way to receive donations and contributions. Surveys show that 49% of all church giving transactions are completed with a card nowadays and 60% of church-goers are willing to donate their tithings digitally. With a church website, you can allow others to donate when it’s convenient for them online.

Not only can you promote your website by listing it on your church sign, on all your printed material, but have your church members promote the church’s website on their social media accounts.

Initially and randomly promote your church website by a direct (traditional) mailer to your local community, an email blast, and get church members to do the same to their email and social media contacts.

Your church website can become your church’s top evanglistic and discipleship tool by providing online miterial for Bible Study, Bible Reading devotionals, and Prayer Groups

Once you have a church website, consider hosting a weekly podcast, recording some of your sermons, regularly sharing blog posts, and short inspirational thoughts on your website—it’s a great way to build your online and in-person congregation, while spreading your church’s ministry.

The above thoughts taken from: Your Church Website

Status Quo

Status Quo is a general tendency for people to embrace the way that things have been in the past and fear and resist change.

Have you heard the story of a mule owner who hit the mule in the head with a 2×4 to get his attention. In a way, this post is has the same desired effect, to get your attention. Many churches today in the USA need to make drastic changes to survive.

I may have over reacted with this post as well as “Old Dog – New Tricks”, however I think it is justified in order to get the attention of both older pastors and churches with an aging membership. These pastors and churches must realize that they cannot continue to exist with out change.

This resistance is compounded by the congregation having a high number of their members are seniors and many of these churches are led by older pastors.

Not only is there a high resistance to change by both churches with older pastors and/or congregations made up of senior citizens. It is difficult for these churches to attract young families. These churches also have a diminished level of energy and resources for new ministry investments. Also many times the older members resist handing the leadership keys of ministry to the next generation.

Recent surveys found that the older the average age of members and clergy are, the less willing the congregation are to make adaptive changes or initiate either contemporary or innovative worship. Also these churches have resisted the newer technology and concepts needed to reach the younger generation.

An aging congregation has less energy to reinvent itself or attract younger participants. It is also less likely to have a functioning children’s and youth program, which is so important for drawing in young families.

Also both the current members and many times the older pastors usually make little use of technology, resist change and not tech savvy, so there has been little or no transition to the tools needed for “virtual” church that the pandemic required. Therefor these same churches are not prepared for the new world after the pandemic which will require a “hybrid church”, one with both in-person and virtual church, a hybrid. Many church leaders believe this will be mandatory to survive.

Given these challenges, how can aging churches be renewed? An old dog must learn new tricks!

Churches must immediately invest in the use of internet technology (training & equipment). In many cases this will require local partnerships.

A key focus area for “Restoring the Church Organization beyond raising awareness is to aid in the organization of local support groups (partnerships) that will provide for free (as a ministry) training, encouragement, temporary staff and possible equipment, as well as collaborating for youth services, evangelism, mission trips, fellowships, etc.

Below are two articles worth reading:

Renewing an Aging Congregation

Challenge of Change

Use the “contact” form and let us know what type of help your church needs to become a “Light on a Hill” for your community.

Connecting in the Pandemic

This post and the other posts below are simple “seed planting” ideas to encourage churches to quickly become “adapters” and exit the pandemic as a stronger more connected church with each other and the community.

Start where you are and with what ever technology you are familiar, but quickly adapt other ideas and technologies mentioned in these posts. Most pastors, church leaders and members have emails, start there.

(1) Create a church email list.

(2) Establish a unified teaching/preaching schedule.

(3) Communicate the plan by way of News Letter and regular email broadcast (weekly or daily devotionals & prayers.

(4) Post these on Church’s Facebook page and/or website.

(5) Establish a weekly ZOOM Discipleship session weekly that will serve as a discipleship/fellowship and evangelism tool.

(6) Stream Church service with message focus of that weeks Zoom Session.

(7) Establish a church archive on website and/or YouTube etc.

(8) Encourage all members, friends, and visitors to use their personal Facebook and other social media to promote Church activities.

(9)Combine the above internet actives with Church Sign, paper mailers, yard signs etc.

(10) Pastors be creative and reduce sermon preparation by using all available resources, old sermons etc. and put most of your time and work into prayer, reaching and teaching!

Use the “contact” form and let us know what type of help your church needs to become a “Light on a Hill” for your community.

Status Quo
Status Quo is a general tendency for people to embrace the way that things have ...
Read More
Connecting in the Pandemic
This post and the other posts below are simple "seed planting" ideas to encourage churches ...
Read More
Church FaceBook Page
Creating a Facebook page for your church is simple and is ideal way of keeping ...
Read More
FaceBook Live
Facebook Live for Churches Facebook has become a dominant and accessible live streaming site, and ...
Read More
Communication is Critical
Communication is always important in any organization especial a church, which historically has been "face ...
Read More
Zoom for Small Groups
Getting Started Zoom is a great product for both "virtual" and "on-site" discipleship and small ...
Read More
Small Church Rebirth
About 80% of American churches are under a hundred members, with a pastor as a ...
Read More

Church FaceBook Page

Creating a Facebook page for your church is simple and is ideal way of keeping your members and and the community updated on news, events, and services hosted by your church. A Facebook Page can allow you to share any type of information about your church with your attendees and the public; such as its location and hours, upcoming events, discussions, videos, and more.

Instructions: How to Create a Church Facebook Page


A FaceBook Church Page can be basic marketing/outreach arm for the church. Not only can you stream your weekly service from it, have a sermon archive through it, post your weekly newsletter, daily devotions, etc on it.


If you donot have one the link below list the simple steps to establish it.
First you must create and verify a free account for your church page. Then create a profile and provide detailed information about your church. There is a “post status updates”. This is a vert powerful feature. Each time you enter a status update, Facebook will notify all your subscribers to your page, of that update. For example, you may want to post updates if the hours for your services have changed, or if you have scheduled a special event for your members.


You can manage your church’s Facebook page from a mobile device. This feature will allow a person to post status updates or upload photos to the Facebook page from their mobile device.

Status Quo
Status Quo is a general tendency for people to embrace the way that things have ...
Read More
Connecting in the Pandemic
This post and the other posts below are simple "seed planting" ideas to encourage churches ...
Read More
Church FaceBook Page
Creating a Facebook page for your church is simple and is ideal way of keeping ...
Read More
FaceBook Live
Facebook Live for Churches Facebook has become a dominant and accessible live streaming site, and ...
Read More
Communication is Critical
Communication is always important in any organization especial a church, which historically has been "face ...
Read More
Zoom for Small Groups
Getting Started Zoom is a great product for both "virtual" and "on-site" discipleship and small ...
Read More
Small Church Rebirth
About 80% of American churches are under a hundred members, with a pastor as a ...
Read More

FaceBook Live

Facebook Live for Churches

Facebook has become a dominant and accessible live streaming site, and it continues to serve as an effective tool for churches and religious organizations trying to connect with their congregations online.

Why Facebook Live:

Facebook Live streaming has become an establish platform for streaming church services. It is a very important product since COVID-19 has spurred an immediate need for online church services. As a result, a growing number of people are virtually going to church every Sunday via Facebook Live.

STREAMING FROM YOUR PHONE

The simplest and cheapest way to stream your worship services live to Facebook is to use your smartphone. It costs nothing, except the price of the phone, the Internet connection in the building where you’re streaming along with a reliable Wi-Fi router. Here’s how to do Facebook Live Streaming using your phone. This also works with most recent Android tablets or the iPad.

  1. Start by opening the Facebook app. You’ll want to stream from your church’s Facebook Page. If you don’t have a church Facebook Page, then set one up using this Facebook Help page.
  2. Hold your phone in landscape view instead of portrait view. It looks more professional. Only violate these principles if you know all of your viewers will watch the live stream on their phones.
  3. Create a Title
  4. When everything looks ready, tap on the blue GO LIVE button in the lower right corner of the screen.
  5. Reccomment usimng a tripod
  6. You can usde the mic on the phone – however an external microphone would allow better audio quality

You can start on a shoe string and improve by buying better equipment

Below are links to three articles that provide additional information.

Streaming Churches Services Using FaceBook Live

FaceBook Live for Churches

YouTube Video on Using FaceBook Live

Below are a number of related Posts on how Churches can adapt to life after the Pandemic!

Status Quo
Status Quo is a general tendency for people to embrace the way that things have ...
Read More
Connecting in the Pandemic
This post and the other posts below are simple "seed planting" ideas to encourage churches ...
Read More
Church FaceBook Page
Creating a Facebook page for your church is simple and is ideal way of keeping ...
Read More
FaceBook Live
Facebook Live for Churches Facebook has become a dominant and accessible live streaming site, and ...
Read More
Communication is Critical
Communication is always important in any organization especial a church, which historically has been "face ...
Read More
Zoom for Small Groups
Getting Started Zoom is a great product for both "virtual" and "on-site" discipleship and small ...
Read More
Small Church Rebirth
About 80% of American churches are under a hundred members, with a pastor as a ...
Read More

Communication is Critical

Communication is always important in any organization especial a church, which historically has been “face to face”. The COVID-19 Pandemic has disrupted this capability. It is important to take steps to establish and maintain open communication with everyone involved in your church.

As we acknowlege our current sitiation, we need to honor our past as we transition to the future and take care to communicate why our church is making these changes.

Let us take a look at our status. Are we just one of the (1) “survivors” (struggling to stay as we were), (2) “adapters” (making changes to adapt to current situation) 0r (3) “thrivers” (positioned to take advantage of the situation).

The churches that are thriving were using the technologies of internet with a website and were (1) “streaming their services”, (2) had existing “small groups” that quickly moved to virtual “small groups” meeting using tools such as Zoom, (3) had online giving capabilities, and (4) had established an email systems with most of the current church attendees.

The churches that will exit the pandemic stronger are the “thrivers” and the “adapters”. The “adapters” are the churches that are quickly doing the above things that the “Thrivers” had already implemented.

If we want to exit the pandemic alive and a stronger church, we need to quickly become an “adapter” by:

  1. Create an email list of all church attendees and prospects
  2. Establish and/or improve church website and/or Church Facebook page.
  3. Implement Live streaming of services using a product like Facebook Live.
  4. Implement virtual “small groups” using a product such as ZOOM for prayer, fellowship and discipleship
    4a. Suggest that small groups use material coordinated with preaching subject.
  5. Do a weekly News Letter – highlighting sermon topic, suggesting daily devotionals, being involved with small groups & prayer request.

Involve as many church members as possible in establishing the above while providing training to everyone on how to use and the importance of doing so.

PS: Many feel that there is a HIGH possibility that “1 in 5” churches in America will die during the next two years, most of these will be from the current “survivers”, struggling to stay as they are!

This website (ministry) was established prior to the pandemic to call attention of the need for changing the status quo of churches who were struggling. The COVID-19 pandemic amplified the need for self evaluation and change!

It is critical that churches in the “survival mode” must quickly move to the “adapter mode”. This will require drastic change quickly. This will require many pastors learning new technology and using new communication tecniques. Look at “Old Dog – New Tricks“.

Check out our sister website: Dying Church

Below are a number of related Posts on how Churches can adapt to life after the Pandemic!

Status Quo
Status Quo is a general tendency for people to embrace the way that things have ...
Read More
Connecting in the Pandemic
This post and the other posts below are simple "seed planting" ideas to encourage churches ...
Read More
Church FaceBook Page
Creating a Facebook page for your church is simple and is ideal way of keeping ...
Read More
FaceBook Live
Facebook Live for Churches Facebook has become a dominant and accessible live streaming site, and ...
Read More
Communication is Critical
Communication is always important in any organization especial a church, which historically has been "face ...
Read More
Zoom for Small Groups
Getting Started Zoom is a great product for both "virtual" and "on-site" discipleship and small ...
Read More
Small Church Rebirth
About 80% of American churches are under a hundred members, with a pastor as a ...
Read More

Zoom for Small Groups

Getting Started

Zoom is a great product for both “virtual” and “on-site” discipleship and small group fellowship and prayer. It can be total “virtual” and also a “virtual” Zoom for inter-action with physical group.

There is a free version that can support up to 100 virtual locations which could handle most churches that are less that a hundred members. One limitation of the free version is a maximum of 40 minute meeting.

To use Zoom each location would need:

  • a video camera, either built in to your device or a separate webcam (most modern computers, smartphones and tablets have this built in)
  • a microphone, either built in to your device or in the webcam (most modern computers, smartphones and tablets have this built in), or a phone
  • a broadband internet connection (100mbs – basic cable in most locations)
  • the Zoom client installed on your machine. (Zoom has clients for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.)
  • The host would need a free Zoom account.

How to sign up:  sign up for a free Zoom account

Also check out the following links for more information:

A Quick Guide to Using Zoom

For more details, please go to:  Zoom Help pages.

We will discuss the specifics on the format for using Zoom for small groups and/or church wide usage in another post.

Below are a number of related Posts on how Churches can adapt to life after the Pandemic!

Status Quo
Status Quo is a general tendency for people to embrace the way that things have ...
Read More
Connecting in the Pandemic
This post and the other posts below are simple "seed planting" ideas to encourage churches ...
Read More
Church FaceBook Page
Creating a Facebook page for your church is simple and is ideal way of keeping ...
Read More
FaceBook Live
Facebook Live for Churches Facebook has become a dominant and accessible live streaming site, and ...
Read More
Communication is Critical
Communication is always important in any organization especial a church, which historically has been "face ...
Read More
Zoom for Small Groups
Getting Started Zoom is a great product for both "virtual" and "on-site" discipleship and small ...
Read More
Small Church Rebirth
About 80% of American churches are under a hundred members, with a pastor as a ...
Read More

Small Church Rebirth

About 80% of American churches are under a hundred members, with a pastor as a single staff/employee and many times it is a bi-vocational (part-time) one.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-21 American church attendance had been on steady decline since around 2008 and the pandemic has greatly increased this decline. Many denominations such as the Southern Baptist have been forecasted to have as many as “1 in 5” churches to close during 2021-22.

Read Article: On in Five Churches to Close

Steps to Small Church Rebirth

If these smaller churches are to survive drastic measures must be taken, immediately! This website, Restoring-the-Church.org, and a sister website DyingChurch.org were established to address the pre-pandemic decline, however we have shifted our focus to address the COVID-10 Pandemic recovery. The goal of these two websites were to encourage churches to examine selves, repent and return to their first-love, Jesus Christ! This is still the critical element, however there are a number of practical steps needed for COVID-19 response.

Post-pandemic churches need to do this also, but it is my belief that more drastic organization structure/focus most be immediately addressed if they are to survive. The pastor/leader needs to focus most of his efforts outwards (daily/weekly) instead of putting most of their efforts inward (Sunday Services).

This outward focus must involve touching all members/visitors and near by community as much as possible by use of the internet and free resources.

Below is a short list of free tools or all-most free resources. We will be addressing the importance and use of them with future posts.

  1. Pastor’s Email
  2. Weekly Newsletter – & devotionals by email
  3. Church internet visibility (Website (cheap) and/or Church Facebook page (free))
  4. Facebook live streaming of service – free – smart phone) – other like services
  5. Post past services on youtube, etc – link from Website and/or Facebook page)
  6. Small group studies/fellowship using Zoom like service (free)

These tools are easy to use and there are instructions available over the internet.

Over the next few days I will be making a series of posts adding valuable information about the above, plus pointing to other very valuable resources.

To leave questions, comments or make suggestions Click: Contact Form

Let us innovate and make lemonade out of the pandemic lemons!

Below are a number of related Posts on how Churches can adapt to life after the Pandemic!

Status Quo
Status Quo is a general tendency for people to embrace the way that things have ...
Read More
Connecting in the Pandemic
This post and the other posts below are simple "seed planting" ideas to encourage churches ...
Read More
Church FaceBook Page
Creating a Facebook page for your church is simple and is ideal way of keeping ...
Read More
FaceBook Live
Facebook Live for Churches Facebook has become a dominant and accessible live streaming site, and ...
Read More
Communication is Critical
Communication is always important in any organization especial a church, which historically has been "face ...
Read More
Zoom for Small Groups
Getting Started Zoom is a great product for both "virtual" and "on-site" discipleship and small ...
Read More
Small Church Rebirth
About 80% of American churches are under a hundred members, with a pastor as a ...
Read More