Wow, this winter storm has brewed some things up hasn’t it? With the weather reports in many areas, I have seen a number of friends and twitter peeps announcing that they are cancelling services. I know, I know, I have ticked someone off with my post title. But seriously, I know your not too scared to have church in this weather. Let’s be honest, I think it shows that the leadership of a Church cares enough about their members/attenders and instead of taking the risk of having people on the road, you instruct them stay home. In case you are not having services I wanted to give you a few ideas on how you can still connect with your weekly attenders even though you are not going to have a public worship service inside your facilities.
1. Blog a devotion – seriously, you’re the Pastor, use your blog to still get the word out. If you don’t have a BLOG you should. Go get a free account now. Use your twitter or facebook account to get the word out to your church peeps to check out your blog at lets say, the time of your normally scheduled service. Then, when you post the blog, let them know via twitter, facebook, etc (also include the link to your post) and pursued them to leave a comment on what they have learned. Create Community even though you are not having a service.
2. Do a video devotional – If you don’t have a YouTube account go get one now. Shoot a devotional with your family, then upload it to YouTube and then embed it in a blog post and have it ready to go at the time of your normally scheduled worship time. Advertise it with the link to the post or advertise the direct link to YouTube and persuade them to leave a comment.
3. UStream or LiveStream a Live Devotional at the normally schedualed worship times. All you need is a webcam and an internet connection, give the direct link where your church peeps can tune in live directly at the Site.
What a great way to create community even though you are not having a public worship service at your normal venue. Seriously, don’t be too scared to have Church even though you aren’t able to physically meet. Use technology, create community when your away. Seriously, do Something.
What are your thoughts, is there anything else you would add? What are ways you are going to connect with your church attenders even though weather has not permitted you to meet?