We are praying for you and we are here to serve, listen, and pray as you discern the best way to make Jesus known in your community during this season.
We are encouraging all churches to follow the guidelines mandated by the public health authorities in their region.
We’ve been amazed by the stories of churches who are innovating to run not only their services online, but also their Alphas online; demonstrating remarkable ways to show love and hospitality to guests through a digital experience.
Some services we recommend are Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Skype.
Have all participants dial in to one web conference to watch the video/talk and then break out into individual discussion groups. Or provide the weekly video to all hosts and have each group join into their own web conference.
If doing an online weekend away, we recommend: Watch all three videos in one day. Include live or pre-recorded testimonies to create an authentic and personal environment. Make sure to add fun elements into the day!
We recommend each host feels out their group when it comes to prayer ministry: Break out into smaller groups and pray for each other. Invite guests to request prayer from the group host via chat or email.
Send weekly emails re-capping last week’s talk/discussion and ask guests to share their thoughts via email. Make sure to check-in if someone missed a night.
Make sure either the course host or group host is engaging right from the beginning of the online session – saying hello to people, asking questions, telling jokes. Avoid the silent downtime to keep excitement and enthusiasm high.
Encourage hosts, helpers, and guests to utilize the chat functionality to comment and ask questions during the video as well as during discussion time when others are talking.
Make sure you have a strong internet connection. If possible, plug directly into an ethernet cable.
Make sure the hosts have the video downloaded and discussion questions ready to share.
Churches have found that guests tend to get more vulnerable faster online than in person. Prep your hosts to expect this.
Churches have found that in an online format, people start to lose interest at around the one-hour mark. We recommend keeping the full session to no longer than 1 hour and 15 minutes.