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PODCAST 117: The New Digital Pastor



I can remember a conversation I had with a Lead Pastor back in early 2019… “you know, there are probably only 20 people in the country who actually serve full-time as a digital pastor.” It has been fascinating to see how churches are pivoting to Digital as a result of COVID. Some churches are embracing the opportunity, even as far as moving people from other staff positions to lead, to champion the Digital opportunities within the church.

To that end, we brought in a panel of new Digital Pastors, and talked about the transition to Digital and what the future of Digital looks like? What has their perspective been? What are the challenges? Who has their go-to supporters been? Do they actually like shepherding people digitally?

Fascinating conversation focusing on today’s Digital transition and tomorrow’s Digital future.

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Guest: Robb Schmidgall, Digital Pastor
National Community Church
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Guest: Tyler Volkers, Digital Pastor
The Ridge Community Church, Wisconsin
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Guest: Christiaan VanderHeuvel
Cornerstone Church, San Fransisco
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Host: Jeff Reed
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  • Who’s responsible for Digital at your church? Who oversees it?
  • As we’re moving away from COVID, is Digital gaining influence or losing influence?
  • What are some natural next steps or desires for Digital in your ministry?


We know these conversations are out there are hard. Even the best of churches haven't figured out... If this podcast is helping you and your church work through what Church Online is, then help us impact other churches! Take a moment and leave us a brief review!

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Love you all! Praying for your Churches and your Ministry Online.

Jeff Reed

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About Author

Jeff Reed
Jeff Reed

With about 20 years experience serving the church in the digital/technological realm, Jeff loves working with churches. As passionate about Discipleship as he is Technology, Jeff uses his passion to help Churches develop technology systems to bring people far from God closer to him. Oh, and he loves Digital Church & Church Online.

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