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5 Online Ministry Insights from May 2023



Pools are opening, birds are chirping, schools are getting out and it's getting warmer. We are in May and while summer quickly approaching, our learning and growing does not stop. 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 May 2023 from some of the podcasts released on The Church Digital Podcast Network.


Whether you are on Twitch, the Church Online Platform, Altar Live, YouTube or Facebook, there are ministry opportunities in the Chat. In this episode, Mark Lutz and Andy Mage talk about the ministry opportunities that lie within Chat and some best practices depending on the platform you are using. 

There CAN BE Mission Trips in the Metaverse 

Ryan Sidhom, Lead Pastor at the Church Plant River City Church, talks to Jeff about an idea: let’s do mission trips into the Metaverse. He even pitched his church as the guinea pig to test the model of an actual “mission trip” in the metaverse, where we take people into Virtual Reality to be on mission. What does it look like and how can you be part of it? Find out in this episode

Hybrid Churches DO EXIST and IMPACTS the COMMUNITY

Digital ministry isn't just for Digital Church Plants. Your established church can implement a digital strategy that complements your physical, in person strategy. A Hybrid model Church is a new model Church that can make an impact in your community. James Embry White, Lead Pastor at Mecklenberg, talk about their hybrid strategy for their Church and how it impacts their community. He joins Jeff for this podcast episode here.

You can MAXIMIZE your SUNDAY SERVICE throughout the Week

Churches spend countless hours every week on 1-2 hours on a Sunday morning. While it is so important to do that, wouldn't it be ideal if you could take that Sunday content and encourage people at your Church and outside of that beyond Sunday morning? Ben Stapley joins Tom to share why and how you can do that for our Church in this episode

You can use DISCORD to build COMMUNITY

There are different ways you can build community online. Discord is one of them. While Discord has become more and more popular, there is still a lot unknown about it. What is it and how do you use it? More importantly, how can you use it to build community? In this episode, Stunami talks about 3 ways Churches and ministries can utilize Discord for your VR church.


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

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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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