BOTH / AND - Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences For Online and In-Person Audiences

The Central Texas Conference Fellowship of Local Pastors, Order of Deacons, Order of Elders, and Cabinet invite you to be a part of a webinar focused on how to get the most out hybrid (in-person & online) worship.
Contact Rev. Meg Witmar-Faile for questions and more info on BOTH/AND

View a replay of the BOTH/AND webinar here through March.


 

Before the global pandemic, the majority of congregations who were live-streaming their worship were (more or less) sharing online an experience created for those who were gathered in-person in their buildings. Leaders would often (hopefully at some point) look into the camera and say, "…and, if you're worshiping with us online, we're glad you've joined us." They would then look back at the people gathered in-person and continue on with a worship experience designed for a physical gathering. 
 
This meant that the home audience were but observers to what was happening on-site. They could watch, but not truly participate. This model (arguably) worked because - at the time - we knew nothing different. 
 
In March 2020, when congregations ended in-person worship and went online (many for the first time) the methodology for streaming worship completely shifted paradigms. Everything was about the home audience. There was no one in the room, and the people at home could feel that shift. They knew they were being talked to directly.
 
Now, churches (clergy and lay worship leaders) face one of the most critical moves in the next iteration of the online worship experience. As we move back into our buildings, we mustn't return to making those who worship online feel as observers and not full participants - especially after talking to them directly for so long. They'll feel that too. 
 
We also can't take an approach where we treat the in-person crowd as the studio audience, providing the laugh or clap track for the people watching at home. Neither of these audiences should feel secondary. If we fail to think about how to create a BOTH/AND scenario as we go back to in-person worship, we will lose so much of what we've gained in these last seven plus months.
 
This is why the Central Texas Conference Fellowship of Local Pastors, Order of Deacons, Order of Elders and Cabinet have joined together to bring the Both/And: Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences For Online and In-Person Audiences webinar to you.
 
This workshop will delve into strategies for how to create powerful transformative worship where no one feels like they’re an afterthought. It will explore:
  • Re-imagining worship for both/and
  • How to create interactive both/and experiences
  • Bringing at home and in-person audiences together in real time
  • Alternative opportunities for online audiences watching in-person livestreams
  • Repurposing in-person worship for online audiences
  • Strategies for adapting practices for both/and
  • Avoiding letting your groove becoming a rut
  • And more
Please click here or the links above to register and be a part of the Both/And: Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences For Online and In-Person Audiences webinar Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(a replay of the event will be available for a limited time. Please contact your DS or your Fellowship/Order chair for more)