Faith leaders have their hands full trying to figure out new ways of being church together in this season of social distancing. Congregations may also be looking for safe, innovative ways to respond to unprecedented needs in the community.

Create and Continue Community Connection from your Couch

This episode of New Church Hacks offers suggestions for how places of worship can foster a feeling of community and care for their neighbors when they literally can’t be close to them. Many of these ideas for reaching out beyond the congregation may help the church care for its own members more effectively as well. The discussion will help participants:

  • Learn to build a response team, identify assets in their congregation, assess community resources and needs
  • Explore options for community ministry
  • Inform and organize their congregations for their community care ministry
  • Conduct worship online but also connect the dots in between worship services

Featured guests

Heidi Unruh (Coauthor of Churches That Make a DifferenceHope for Children in Poverty; and The Salt & Light Guidebook), Joy Skjegstad (Author of Seven Creative Models for Community Ministry, Starting a Nonprofit at Your Church, and Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry) and Katy E. Valentine (Coach at and founder of Creative Christian Spirituality, LLC).

In a New Church Hacks first, our guests, host, AND Associate Minister Jose got together and continued the conversation in an after-show.

Hosted by Terrell L. McTyer, Minister of New Church Strategies, New Church Hacks provides practical (and sometimes peculiar) prompts for churches from start to restart. This webinar series is jam-packed with clever solutions to tricky problems and empowers courageous leaders with the tools, tips and how-tos to start, sustain and strengthen congregations. Stay social with us using #NewChurchHacks!

Every episode is archived and available for viewing on the Webinar page.

2 thoughts on “What does it mean to “love your neighbor” in the midst of a pandemic?

  1. Hi there. I’m interested in this webinar, but finding that, since this is Holy Week, I’m overwhelmed with so much going on. Is there any way to either re-broadcast this or to plan it again for a week when pastors aren’t already doing a lot of heavy lifting? Thanks so much. This sounds amazing. Peace, Jolin, FCC Charlotte, NC

    1. Hi Jolin. Thanks for your comment and interest in New Church Hacks. We understand that our webinars won’t be at an ideal time for everyone. That’s why each of our episodes is recorded and then emailed to all registrants after they end. All you have to do to receive the recording is to register! Then you can watch it when you’re less busy. If you need any further help, don’t hesitate to get back in touch by visiting our contact page at We hope that our next episode fits better into your schedule!

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