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5 Online Ministry Insights from April 2023



Easter is over and we start to get into the heart of Spring. So what is the latest online ministry insights and lessons learned from the month of April?  That is where The Church Digital Podcast Network comes in and helps. They strive to keep you updated on all the latest trends in social media, live stream, digital discipleship and all things online ministry so that you can minister and serve your online community more effectively. 

Here are 5 Online Ministry insights and lessons learned from from April 2023 from some of the podcasts released on The Church Digital Podcast Network.


There are a lot of misconceptions about gaming. One of them is that many people think that it is just a bunch of teenagers playing. But, the average age of streamers is 35 years old. Another is that video gamers are mainly guys. Women don't play. That isn't the case either. There are plenty of women streamers and two of them are taking to Jeff in this episode. See what they stream, how they deal with trolls and ow they use it for ministry in this podcast episode here

Small Groups DO HAPPEN in the Metaverse 

As ministry in the metaverse continues to grow and develop, questions arise about how this or that element of ministry happens. Which brings us to small groups. Can small groups actually in the metaverse? And what does it look like? Tsunami and Goose talk about this and the different formats and ways you can do small groups in the metaverse. They talk about it here

Community DOES HAPPEN Online

Community happens in person AND it happens online! In fact, the way you form digital or online community is very similar to how you form an in-person community group. So, what does it look like and how do you form it? Andy Mage and Mark Lutz talk about it in their podcast episode "How to Create Digital Community" here.

$10,000/month of FREE Ads Awaits Your Church

You read that right! In case you didn't know, Google Ad Grants gives your Church $10,000 of FREE ad space a month to use. The problem is that not every Church uses it. And, even the Churches that do use it, not everyone knows how to utilize them. To help us better understand what Google Ad Grants are and how Churches can utilize them, Jesse Carbo gave tips and help on what you can do. Listen to the whole episode "How to Get and Utilize Google Ad Grants" here.

Gaming could be THE WAY to reach the NEXT GENERATIONS

They say that Christianity is one generation away from becoming extinct. And considering that we are living in a post-Christian world, finding new and different ways to reach the younger generations is really important. That is where playing video games comes into play. Gaming can be a great opportunity for Digital Missionaries as Jeff and Mark Lutz talk about it in the podcast episode "Gen Z, Gen A, and the Benefits of Gamer Church" here


What do you think? What are other online ministry insights you learned from this past month?  Share your ideas below or on social media.

Through the Digital Church Network we are helping physical and digital churches better understand the discipleship process, and helping churches and church planters understand this and other decentralized mindset shifts. Joining the DCN is free and be encouraged! 


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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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