What Can the Church Learn from the Pandemic about Engaging with Technology?

2021

From the outset, the pandemic has forced religious groups and leaders to re-imagine their traditional practices and forms of gathering.

Religious leaders who had been technologically resistant in early 2020 have had to rethink their critiques of technology; indeed, many have had to embrace it for their very survival. Since March 2020, Facebook, YouTube and Zoom have become hosts to dozens of experiments in digital worship each weekend.

As someone who has studied how religious communities respond to technology for two and a half decades, Campbell quickly realized that this move marked a unique and important moment for contemporary religion.

Over the first six months of the pandemic, Campbell closely studied how a variety of churches engaged with technology. Campbell collected essays and reflections from an array of church leaders, theologians, students and media scholars around the globe and published a series of three e-books—in April, May and August 2020—exploring issues faced by congregations and pastors during this time.

Each of these e-books ends with an essay summarizing the common observations from the authors’ essays on how religious communities and their worship are being shaped by the conditions of the pandemic.

Links to the free e-books are included.

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