Coaching Digitally-Engaged Ministry

People are living their lives, learning about the world, and engaging with each other online. Let's meet them where they are, just like Jesus did.

Digitally engaged people. Digitally dynamic church.

As ministry leaders, we’re beginning to see the value our people place on their relationships and experiences in digital space. They make choices based on their digital interactions: from what and how they buy, to who and what they trust, to where they’ll put their valuable time and energy. Your role and your church are still built for connection and relationship, impact, transformation and storytelling – but the space in which that happens is shifting. There will always be something special about gathering together physically, and deep opportunity in connecting in digital space too.

Digitally-Engaged Churches:

  • Connect with people in physical space and digital space, mirroring how they live the rest of their lives.
  • Create and curate digital space for faith formation relationships, experiences, and conversations
  • Tell their story and God’s story in creative ways, using a variety of platforms. We embrace opportunity go exist outside our walls and join people in the corner’s of their broken, yet redeemed lives

What if you could keep your church doors open 24/7?

FAQ’s

Why the focus on digitally enabled ministry?
People nearly always visit out digital spaces before we see them face to face. People find their faith communities by searching online, exploring social media, and hearing from others they trust. We’re can join them in the outer courts and meet them where they are, as Jesus did. We welcome them authentically and into our presence, and God’s presence. People are living their lives in an integrated dichotomy of digital and physical space. They are making choices, building relationships, forming opinions, and developing identity in digital space, and the church belongs in the midst of it.
What is the process like?

  • Starts with deep listening, which leads to shared discovery. Discovery helps us understand current states, and uncovers possibilities for the future.
  • Collectively choosing a preferred future and desired outcomes gets everyone on the same page.
  • Designing experiments for what could be, then testing them out in real life allows for smart failure, quick learning, and easy iteration.
  • This is an continuous process that can and should start over after evaluating what was learned.
What is included in the coaching experience?
  • Monthly, and sometimes more, coaching sessions held via phone or video conference
  • Email and text message access to coach during contract
  • Access to key resources including documents, blog posts, graphics, and templates on digitally-engaged ministry
  • Digital Presence Assessment
  • Digitally-enabled Ministry Plan
  • Onsite visit (travel and lodging extra)
What is excluded from the digital coaching experience?
  • Website redesign services
  • Social media platform setup or scheduling
  • Design of graphics, logos, icons, displays, slides, or  email communications
  • Analysis of print materials
Who is involved in the coaching process?

From the church or organization:

  • One point person who’s role may include setting up coaching sessions, communicating with the coach and any others involved in the process, and managing co-created action steps after each session.
  • At least one pastoral/faith formation/leadership staff member (may be the point person or someone else). A well designed, digitally-engaged ministry is tightly connected to the mission and vision of the church, and is a matter of discipleship as much as a matter of communication.
  • A team/committee. This may already exist, or could be created as part of the coaching process. Good digitally-enabled ministry isn’t one person’s role or responsibility alone.
What are the key outcomes?
Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the guiding process mentioned above, be able to explain it to others, and be prepared to apply it throughout the coaching relationship and in the future.
  • Embrace the shifts in missional purpose for engaging in digital space. This includes moving from a mindset of digital being simply “tools” to use but rather space to be entered, curated, integrated, and resourced. This means a move from, “get people to come to us,” to, “let’s go to where people are living their whole lives, physically and digitally.”
  • Feel confident in base knowledge of key digital platforms: websites, relevant social media sites, and digital communications. Have a 101 level understanding of their purposes, audiences, and integrations.
  • Learn the value of and methods for telling stories and building community online.
  • Be excited for the opportunities their faith community will have in digital and social space.
Behavior Outcomes
  • Begin regularly updating website content, increasing the amount of dynamic content and decreasing the amount of static content.
  • Create a digital/communications team, including intentionally varied perspectives.
  • Begin making changes to website, focusing on telling stories, building community, and offering relevant faith forming resources and opportunities.
  • Create and execute a faith-formation-focused social media plan using at least 2 unique platforms.
  • Design or redesign digital communications (email, newsletters, displays, slides) to be on brand, integrated with other platforms, slim and refocused content, and calls to action.
  • Run 3-5 experiments based on preferred future goals with a focus on listening, learning, iterating, and informing the digitally-enabled Ministry Plan.
Deliverables
  • Digitally-enabled Ministry Plan
  • Digital Ministry Team
  • Church BrandBook

 

What kinds of communities and leaders are good candidates for digital ministry coaching?

Leaders who:

  • have a role in which they help advise, create, or execute digital strategy in their faith community
  • are enthusiastic about real progress and alignment between digital space and overall mission
  • are called to a congregation or organization that is enthusiastic about digitally enabled ministry

Communities who:

  • already have, or are willing to, create a team/task force/committee around digital strategy, communications, and/or technology.
  • see the future of the church thriving in both face to face gatherings and vibrant digital engagement

Coaching Contract Options

6 Month Coaching Contract

$500//mo
  • 6 coaching sessions
  • Email access to coach during contract
  • Access to key resources including documents, blog posts, graphics, and templates on digitally-enabled ministry
  • Digital Presence Assessment
  • Digitally-enabled Ministry Plan
  • Onsite visit (travel and lodging extra)
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Custom Coaching

1 hr - multiple years
$200//hour
  • 1+ coaching sessions
  • Email access to coach during contract
  • Access to key resources including documents, blog posts, graphics, and templates on digitally-enabled ministry
  • Onsite visit extra
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Meet the Coach

A congregation’s digital presence is their new front door, and it should feel just as welcoming as actually walking through the front door of the church. Jared Rendell combines website design and intentional digital strategy with coaching to help congregations cultivate an online presence that encourages deep engagement as a faith community. With a background in youth and outdoor ministry, Jared serves as a “translator” between technical language and the ministry of the church. He is passionate about helping ministries move forward by embracing technology for the formation of faith.

Jared is married to Anna, and has three children. They lead their church’s mid-week band-led worship service. Jared also coaches volleyball and designs other blogs and websites on the side.

Jared Rendell

Jared Rendell

Partner for Digital Strategies

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