A Phygital Church is a Multiplying Church
With the onset of a global pandemic, questions abound. The economy is in flux, and people are looking for answers. They’re looking for community. They are looking for Christ.
As a pastor, you have questions, too. What does it mean for a church to thrive in a post-pandemic culture? In an age when many churches are already dying, is it possible for churches to grow in a new, harsher environment? Is multiplying still possible?
That’s where technology comes in. Stadia, in connection with THECHURCH.DIGITAL, is passionate about helping churches like yours develop an effective ministry model which builds on your physical ministry by helping it grow and multiply digitally. This blend of physical and digital ministry – phygital – is not a replacement of community, but a birth of a new kind of community. Phygital ministry uses technology as a tool to complement the mission of the church in both the physical and digital realms – to grow across multiple contexts, and to multiply everywhere that people gather, online or in person. Phygital Church is an opportunity to complement your church’s mission, vision, and strategy. It is a timely tool designed to help your church thrive, grow, and multiply, no matter what curveballs life throws.
Phygital Church is not about recreating your physical ministry online. It’s about reinventing your ministries to meet people where they are, physically and digitally. A phygital church strategy should complement the overall vision of your church, and drive conversations instead of simply creating content. By using a phygital approach to complement your church’s current ministries, all aspects of your church’s discipleship thrive – online and in person.
As you take steps to help your church thrive today, we’ll help you solve the tensions that can arise from expanding your digital reach while attempting to integrate that expansion into your physical ministries. You want to know each of the people that your views represent, to follow up with those who watch or help them to take next steps in your community. You want your digital small groups and online presence to fit seamlessly into your assimiliation process for new members of your community. The goal of thriving in phygital ministry today is to help you answer these questions effectively so that your church can grow tomorrow.
Multiply For the Future
You want your church to be filled, physically and virtually, with disciple makers. Your Phygital Church isn’t a virtual building where people meet – it’s the distribution network mobilizing people to share the Gospel and multiply. Imagine the multiplying power possible from taking an attender and mobilizing him towards his circle of influence, or unleasing her on personal mission, physically or digitally. Your church attenders are already phygital people. By responding to this fact by being a phygital church, you have an opportunity to connect with people everywhere they gather.
Phygital Church Learning Communities
Stadia’s Phygital Church Learning Communities are 12-week long cohorts designed to help you develop a strategy for Phygital Church. Each week, a video session will be released to watch on demand, followed by a weekly live huddle with other church leaders to process and share learnings together. The curriculum is geared toward training on core discipleship and assimilation processes for a phygital church, and developing and mobilizing staff/volunteers to lead both physically and digitally.
Video Sessions: Every Friday morning, the video session will be made available to watch on demand prior to the huddle the following week. The first video session will drop on Friday, July 31.
Huddles: The weekly live huddles are made up of 6-8 churches and will be facilitated by a Stadia Staff Member. Huddles will meet Wednesdays @ 1:00pmEST via Zoom. You and 2-3 staff members from your church are welcome to join.
Huddle Start Date: Wednesday, August 5 @ 1:00pmEST
Huddle End Date: Wednesday, October 14 @ 1:00pmEST
Platform: Facebook Workplace will be the platform we use for communication and interaction. Video recordings and other resources will be posted to Workplace, and it will also serve as a place for interaction for your church with others in the learning community. Anyone from your staff is welcome to be part of the Workplace group.
Gathering: You are invited to join us October 19-20 in Cincinnati, OH for an in-person conference on Phygital Church. More details will follow in the coming months as we learn more about what social distancing regulations will look like in the Fall.
Cost: $1950 (or $650/mo for 3 months). You will receive an invoice for payment in August, and payments can be made online or via check.
This is a great opportunity to learn what others are doing while fine tuning your digital strategy to work alongside your physical church’s mission and vision for multiplication
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Additional Resources on Phygital Church
THECHURCH.DIGITAL – Tomorrow’s Phygital Strategy with Jay Kranda