The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed faith communities, leading to changes that will outlive the pandemic. For houses of worship, the most impactful change is the move toward providing virtual services.
As the pandemic hit, many houses of worship were already broadcasting video content over digital platforms. Others had to scramble to provide virtual forms of worship. But whatever the digital capabilities of their local congregations, communities have embraced virtual worship. In the US, for example, 57% of regular worshipers watch religious services online — according to the Pew Research Center. These numbers are higher in Singapore, where 90% of church-goers regularly attend online services — as revealed by Salt & Light survey data.
In this article, we explore why houses of worship will continue providing remote, video-based services far beyond the COVID pandemic. But to understand why remote worship is here to stay, we must first unpack how remote worship works.
From posting religious talks on social media platforms, to live streaming services on your website’s video player, online worship can take many forms. But by leveraging the power of video broadcast platforms, worship has become as easy as turning on your favorite show.
Remote worship isn’t restricted to video services. To foster an engaged community, houses of worship create virtual spaces that bring people together. These online spaces are used to organize activities, offer counseling, share blog posts and daily readings, and provide a forum for conversation. By combining video broadcasts with virtual forums, houses of worship turn remote worship from a passive to an active and community-centered experience.
While online services and gatherings replicate in-person experiences, remote worship should not be seen as a replacement for physical congregation. Rather, remote worship is an extension of your service that offers unique benefits. These benefits include:
Alongside these gains, remote worship helps congregants maintain a sense of community that they can access from the comfort and convenience of their home. These benefits ensure that remote worship is here to stay.
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