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Online Church During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of day-to-day life – including church. To help, the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity is offering four, one-hour training webinars on the subject of online church. Through this, we continue our mission: To come alongside the local church in its quest to fulfill the Great Commission.


Week 1 — Thursday, April 9, 2-3 p.m. ET

“A Biblical and Theological Rationale for Online Church”

Our first webinar addresses the central question of whether or not we should be promoting digital and virtual forms of church experience when traditional Christian theology places such a strong emphasis upon the gathered community in a common physical space. Dr. Steve Lowe has written and spoken about this issue and is currently developing graduate courses to prepare and equip students to minister in online digital contexts.

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Watch April 9 Webinar Recording


Stephen D. Lowe, Ph.D.

Professor of Christian Education

Week 2 – Thursday, April 16, 2-3 p.m. ET

“Lights, Camera, Action: The Basics of Digital Delivery”

Dr. Phil Cooke is the only Hollywood producer with a Ph.D. in theology. Phil is a former student of Dr. Steve Lowe who has served in the film industry in Hollywood for more than thirty years. He’s produced TV and film programming in more than 60 countries around the world, and in the process, been shot at, survived two military coups, fallen out of a helicopter, and in Africa, been threatened with prison. And during that time – through his company Cooke Media Group in Los Angeles, California – he’s helped some of the largest Christian and nonprofit organizations in the world use the media to tell their story in a changing, disrupted culture.

Recording Password: Covid-2020
Watch April 16 Webinar Recording


Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

Founder and CEO

Cooke Media Group

Week 3 – Thursday, April 23, 2-3 p.m. ET

“Fulfilling the Great Commission Online”

As Director of Digital Church Planting with Stadia, Jeff works with churches across the country helping them do ministry, do discipleship, do church, online.  Through his website, THECHURCH.DIGITAL he resources churches through podcasts, blogs, and other digital media resources towards this end. Rather than helping churches create consumers online, Jeff advocates for churches to create disciple-makers online, helping churches shift to a phygital (physical + digital) philosophy of discipleship. What does engagement really mean online? What does discipleship online look like? What does a church look for in a Digital Pastor? These and other questions will be answered as Jeff shares the insights he has gained doing church ministry online.

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Watch April 23 Webinar Recording


Jeff Reed

Director of Digital Church Planting

Stadia Church Planting THECHURCH.DIGITAL

Week 4 – Thursday, April 30, 2-3 p.m. ET

“Lessons Learned from Ten Years of Online Church Ministry”

Jay Kranda is the Online Pastor at Saddleback Church. Oversees an online community with online small groups, homes groups, and local gatherings around the globe. Co-author of the free ebook “State of the Online Church” and writes regularly at JayKranda.com. Addicted to NBA basketball and cold brew coffee. Married to Jody and have 2 boys and 1 girl.

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Watch April 30 Webinar Recording


Jay Kranda

Online Campus Pastor

Saddleback Church