Online Church: Overcoming the Fear of Technology

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Online Church: Overcoming the Fear of Technology
A screenshot of the Floris United Methodist Church's online church website.
Online Church: Overcoming the Fear of Technology
A screenshot of the Floris United Methodist Church's online church website.

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Keep in mind that people will very often experience who you are as a church online, before they have a chance to visit your church building.

Capture the energy of starting a new endeavor, and then create a campaign around the new and exciting concept.

Look for effective community builders, those people who are identified as active members and contributors. Place them in key roles as impact creators. Have an encouraging member engage with someone when they are ready to explore and connect.

The same idea applies when creating groups. Make sure they are led by passionate and responsive leaders, to provide maximum impact and allow others to learn.

It helps if you can include great stories that show how participation leads to transforming lives and real success up front. These are the stories to refer to when encouraging people to share church online with the people that they are already most comfortable with.

The buy-in for trust starts with simplicity and transparency.

If people can see that you know what you are doing, by showing confidence, clarity of purpose and a mission, it sure makes it easier for them to trust.

Authenticity is magnetic and essential, but what absolutely connects people best is empathy. Empathy is what creates communities organically, and is almost always found in those spaces, where you find magical, connecting moments. Empathy also develops with responsiveness, compassion and rapport.

Learning from other churches that have been successful at having their church online, while also paying attention to these elements, can help lessen the various concerns that often arise about distance and creating a campus grown through technology.




More About Keri Rafter
Keri Rafter is the Technical Director for Floris United Methodist Church, where she focuses on innovative and outside-the-box thinking to engage the church to be a catalyst for change. Keri looks for trends and shifts in culture that provide opportunities that can be turned into potential membership growth. She coaches churches and other organizations to have patience through the risk taking process of innovating and to have a diverse and inclusive focus. She is also a television director, producer, and managing principal of MediaKraft, a Washington D.C. area creative media production company.
Get in Touch: krafter@florisumc.org    More by Keri Rafter

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Worship Facilities Magazine, March-April 2018
The March-April 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about how to prepare, prevent and respond to church violence, a look into what church management software can do for your church community, and a piece on how a once popular nightclub venue was transitioned to become Shoreline Church's new home.


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