There are so many different types and styles of worship services online. This level of variety is inspiring, but it can also be confusing. Watching other congregations’ services online, worship leaders might wonder: Should we be doing what they are doing?
The answer to that question is perhaps, but only if what they are doing fits with the context of the congregation.
Focus on the congregation’s strengths and do what you do best. Some churches have great music, some have a strong intergenerational focus, some use art in creative ways. No congregation does everything well. Whatever you do best, do it with excellence in the virtual space.
- If you were to ask congregation members what they loved best about in-person worship services pre-COVID, what would they say? Have these things been done virtually?
- Name four specific things that are important to the congregation in worship. How are these being prioritized in online worship?
1 The ideas for this section were adapted from a presentation given by the Rev. Alex Douglas (Family Church of Heritage Green ) for the Presbytery of Barrie on the topic of creative online worship for their “Church… Differently” online conference (Oct. 20, 2020).