After a year of splashing around in the deep end of online church, many congregations are looking towards the day when they can once again safely gather in person. Only as we return from these online spaces to our in person gatherings, what will we take with us? What will we leave behind? How will we integrate what we have learned and experienced into the future of what it means to be the church? Or more practically, how exactly does this whole "hybrid church" thing work?

This is exactly what we will explore in "How to do Hybrid Church," our newest three week cohort that will share tips, tricks, and best practices for what it means to be a hybrid church. Over the course of three weeks you will learn from leading digital ministry experts, uncover your unique opportunities and challenges, connect with other pastors and faith leaders so you can learn and grow together, and more.

  • In session 1 we will learn about surfing, sand castles, and everything in between as we ask, "What is Hybrid Church"?
  • In session 2 we will pick up our surfboards and shovels as we ask learn what we need to be a Hybrid Church.
  • In session 3 we will examine the coastal erosion as we discuss the future of Hybrid Church.

This cohort will gather live on Zoom, offline on Slack, with session recordings and additional resources available in the course.

  • Session 1: Wednesday, April 14, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
  • Session 2: Wednesday, April 21, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
  • Session 3: Wednesday, April 28, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET


Course Facilitator


Rev. Jim Keat is the Digital Minister at The Riverside Church in New York City and the Director of Online Innovation for Convergence, a diverse collective of faith-based leaders, learners, artists, activists, learners, communities, and congregations. He is also a Digital Consultant to various progressive faith agencies and organizations. He is the producer of original media projects from The Riverside Church like Be Still and Go, The Word Made Fresh, and Church Talk as well as the creator of the Thirty Second Bible project and Thirty Seconds or Less.

 

Previously Jim served as the Associate Minister of Education at Middle Collegiate Church, a Product Designer at Sparkhouse/Augsburg Fortress, and the Middle School Program + Content Pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church. He received his M.Div. from Western Theological Seminary where he received The Faculty Award for Advocacy in Racial Ethnic Reconciliation and The President's Community Life Award.