Church Without Walls: COVID-19 Lessons to Prevent Online Church from Being Virtual (AM-681)
Perhaps more than any other institution, religious congregations have resisted the revolution that technology has brought to communication, community, business, and finances. The almost universal suspension of in-person gatherings came as a shock to an already fragile system. The response of many, if not most, congregations was remarkably agile, proving they were able to respond technologically, but simply had chosen not to. After several months of online gatherings, much has been learned, though we only are beginning to assess the future implications of these learnings.