Inside Out: Church: Stay Online After COVID-19

09.23.20 | Martha Manikas-Foster

The pandemic pushed the church onto the internet, and according to the president of a leading research group, that’s good. We need to be there.

“This is forcing the church to really grapple with the fact that to disciple people at all, we can’t just disciple them when they’re there on the campus,” says Dr. David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group. “We have to disciple them in all of their lives.”

A third of practicing Christians have stopped attending church in any form during the pandemic, according to the Barna Group’s “State of the Church 2020” report. But by being forced to go online, more churches have a presence where people go to find answers.

“We try to do dial-up ministry--if you can remember back to the early days of the internet—we try to do dial-up ministry in a Wi-Fi world,” Kinnaman says.

“I think this gives the church a chance to sort of re-think its approach.”

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Find out more about the Barna “State of the Church 2020” report.

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