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Stories from the field
With the onset of Covid-19, Pastor Dave and Phillip (Rockstar a/v guy), pivoted to use equipment they already had on the campus in another building to build the capability to livestream church services. In his recent letter to his council, Pastor Dave said, "Online worship went from being, 'we should move forward when we get new cameras,' to, 'we should move forward immediately so we can offer worship in a time we can’t gather!' We are learning very quickly how to do live stream worship. It’s not perfection but we will keep tweaking and making improvements. Our goal is to provide the best experience we can for as many as we can. It’s different preaching...but, we clearly have a sense that many are worshiping with us online. It’s hard to describe but 'you sense it'." Part of what makes this work is that Good Shepherd has some folks assigned to interact with others during worship via social media and throughout the morning.
"The virus is terrible but we all should be realizing that our ministry really is a movement that can’t be contained to a facility. He encouraged his Council and staff to think of the really positive things that have happened as they quickly adapted to changing realities.
Collaborate, try something new, learn, pivot, and try again.
Pitch what doesn’t work; Keep what does!
How does Good Shepherd communicate this to their parishoners? Check out their Live webpage: Good Shepherd Live Feed website link
How do they account for worship attendance? Check out their Google form: Good Shepherd "Required" Check-in Link
For technical expertise on audio/visual: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christy Hartigan is the New Connections Director for the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She is passionate about spreading the Good News and WIDENING THE CIRCLE of faith...becoming the church outside the walls of the church.