-Rev Melissa Fain-
I started writing this up on Friday, because I had this sixth sense about what was coming. Call it an intuition. First, I knew how brick and mortar churches have talked about digital worship experiences already, and second I knew how those who recorded their worships did their recordings.
My intuition on the churches that already did livecasts was everything was going to be exactly the same, but with 5-20 people present. Even though most people would be watching via video, the minister, musicians, and everyone else would just pretend their congregations were not viewing from a camera, but were actually in the audience. It was exactly what I expected.
My intuition on the churches that had never done this before was not what I was expecting. I was expecting a minister, sitting in front of a laptop or phone, delivering a wooden sermon to a camera, (because a live audience really does add something to the delivery of a sermon). I was half right. No one considers camera angles. Looking down at your phone means you are forcing the congregation to look submissively up at you, but I digress. I also saw attempts at big church production value with a small church budget, Not only were they forgetting where the congregation was (hint, hint, behind the camera) once again had an entire room of one person delivering to no one.
What are you doing? Do you think this is what online worship is? No wonder you think it's a waste of time! I get it now. I wanna help. Let me help.
Ways to be a digital church
One last note:
You need to know a couple of points before you continue:
TL:DR- Find where God is already present, and show the people God. Anything else is wrong.