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Best Practices for Online Worship: Considerations and Strategies

When: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 5:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Central / 8:00 PM Eastern

One-hour free webinar.
0.1 CEU
Each session will be limited to 100 participants.

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June 2 - https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wtCjgIzcRh-XTjdPPKorvA

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The global coronavirus pandemic has forced almost every worshiping community to make massive changes within a few weeks. The methods and styles of worship cherished by the church had to be left behind or adapted into a new virtual paradigm. The rapid change spurred by COVID-19 has not allowed a luxury of time to reflect on how those adaptations might be faithful to our beliefs and theology. It is a time not unlike when the Hebrew people were taken into exile in Babylon and had to create new worship styles–and a new understanding of God and God’s people--for their faith to survive. Those changes, however, are what allowed the faith to flourish in new ways.

This one-hour webinar will address questions that this unwanted pandemic and the new paradigm for doing church present. “How do we avoid ‘spectator worship’ and keep worship the work of the people?” “What sort of technology might best fit our theology and our specific congregation’s needs?” “What are some technical and liturgical tips and tricks that can help us right now?” And not the least of the questions, “What are the learnings and gifts from this unwanted transition that inform how we think about our churches going forward?” You are welcome to bring your own questions as well.

Enten Eller

Enten Eller, of Palmyra, PA, is a tri-vocational pastor. He currently serves the Ambler (PA) Church of the Brethren, and the denomination’s only completely online church, the Living Stream Church of the Brethren. Enten helped launch Living Stream COB into virtual worship space eight years ago, long before the current pandemic.

Enten has run his own small computer business for over 35 years. He is passionate about using technology to build community in the service of the church, having served as Director of Distributed Education and Electronic Communication at Bethany Theological Seminary until his return to pastoral ministry. His third vocation is peacemaking and conflict resolution. His interests include tandem bicycling with his wife Mary, camping, kayaking, and travel.

There is no ‘should’ in social media

When: Date: Jun 11, 2020   12:00 PM Pacific / 1:00 PM Central / 2:00 PM Eastern

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Date: Jun 16, 2020   5:00 PM Pacific / 7:00 PM Central / 8:00 PM Eastern

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Jan Fischer Bachman

With congregations unable to meet in person, you may feel pressured by the technology and skills that you feel you “ought” to have. This webinar will ask you to consider your “why,” focusing on skills and assets you already have and the needs of your group. We will look at some of the most popular social media tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, with practical tips on setting up, scheduling, and using them.

Jan Fischer Bachman is web producer for the Church of the Brethren. She has broadcast on Facebook Live for the denomination as well as her home congregation, Oakton Church of the Brethren. And, yes, she has managed to take inadvertent selfies and shots featuring her fingers while live.

One-hour free webinar.
0.1 CEU

Every Wednesday from noon-1:30 p.m. (Eastern time)
Zoom meeting for ministering persons to connect with and support one another

Given the rapidly changing guidelines and restrictions being used to control the spread of illness, many ministering people have found themselves needing to quickly change the way they do ministry. For that reason the Pastoral Care Team at Bethany Theological Seminary is scheduling this place for pastors and ministering persons to chat about how they are doing, how their ministry is evolving under current social restrictions, and to share prayer and ideas. We will continue to meet weekly until there is no longer need or interest.
Starting at 11:30, the Zoom will be open and we will have our tech person present to answer any questions you may have about using the Zoom platform. While Ryan does not have expertise in using Zoom for worship, he can answer questions about the basic functions, like chat boxes, sharing screens, etc.

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