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New Tech Trends to Monitor in Your Online Ministry


A new year is upon us and with the new year it is great to evaluate where we are in ministry as well as what lies ahead. What has been working well and what new tech trends are out there that we should be monitoring. 

To discuss what is happening with online ministry is Marcus Cylar. Marcus is an Online Ministry veteran and has been on the front line of helping people discover God online. In today's podcast we focus on 3 main areas:

  • Community. Where are people discovering community online and how can online ministries help grow community.
  • Discord. This is a messaging app that younger people, especially gamers are building community and hearing about Jesus. 
  • NFTs and VR (the Metaverse). What is especially new and trending are NFTs and the Metaverse. How can the Church use these platforms for ministry purposes? Since they are still very new, it is hard to tell at this moment. However, they are worth exploring and looking into.

If you are looking for some Digital Ministry training this year (including Metaverse, Phygital or Online Ministry), check out the Equip Page at the Church Digital. 

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  • What about you? What are some other last minute Christmas encouragement do you have to share?  Share them with us below or on social media
  • Marcus is a great resource and you can find him blogging here.  You can also follow him on Twitter here. He's a great resource so hit him up and pick his brain.
  • Join the Digital Bootcamp Facebook Group. To learn how to be more effective using digital tools for your ministry join the group. This is for ALL Ministers, not just Church Communicators or Social Media Managers as we share resources, tools and digital trends to see how we can reach more people for Christ with these tools.
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  • If you have an idea for a topic or a person for Tom to interview for a future podcast episode, email here.
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About Author

Tom Pounder
Tom Pounder

Tom Pounder was born and raised just outside of Washington, DC. He is the father of 4 daughters and loves being a girl dad. He has a background in Student Ministry working over 22 years with teenagers and currently serves as the Online Campus Pastor at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs and podcasts weekly at

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