Worship in The Post Pandemic World with Jason Moore

Worship in The Post Pandemic World with Jason Moore

April 21, 2021

Worship and ministry have radically shifted in this COVID-19 age, yet we hear a call to go back to “normal.” Returning to exactly how things were in the past may not be possible, so you might ask yourself, "How do we, as the church, refocus our efforts and embrace the changes in healthy ways?" 

The Iowa Conference's Office of Congregational Excellence, along with the Office of Clergy and Leadership Excellence, invite you to attend four upcoming webinars presented by Jason Moore July 12-13 that will help you strategize and maximize your efforts. The best news—these webinars are absolutely free, and only your registration is required. Attend one or stick around for all four! Details will be emailed closer to the week of the event. 
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Creative Worship 

July 12, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

We live in a culture obsessed with screens, and since the global pandemic began, we’ve spent more time than ever in front of them. From the smartphones and tablet devices we carry everywhere we go to the large screens in our living rooms - the world around us has shifted to a communication form that the church is still working to fully maximize. Regardless of worship style, it’s imperative that the church learn to embrace and master the use of image and creativity in the way we communicate the gospel in worship. This is especially true as we approach post-pandemic life. 
This workshop is designed for churches of all sizes, budgets, and means. Whether your church has screens in worship and committed to long-term online worship, you are thinking about it or have decided against the use of screens and ongoing online worship; this seminar has something for you.
Best experienced as a team, The Creative Worship Conference is filled with ideas that any church can implement. Learn time-tested methodologies that transcend the traditional vs. contemporary wars, and that will result in a more connected worship experience. 
Laugh, be inspired, and walk away with clearly defined next steps. Deep, meaningful, transformative worship is within your grasp.
You’ll learn:
  • Four time-tested methodologies for deep, meaningful creative worship
  • Secrets to making your worship last beyond Sunday
  • How to create “action-oriented" worship
  • The value of collaborative worship design
  • ...and so much more  

5 Things Your Visitors Are Thinking But Won’t Ask

July 12, 2021
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

It's been said that every church wants to grow. If that is statement is true, are we really poised for it in the way we treat and attend to our new visitors?
While you might not think it, guest readiness is one of the most important issues facing the church today. Whether we're talking about the online experience or the experience guests have in the building, we must be intentional about how we treat those new to our faith communities. Without really meaning to be, the majority of churches are blind to the things that visitors consider when deciding whether or not to return for future visits.
No matter how good/powerful worship is, it's only half the battle. Insider language, unspoken rituals, confusing signage, and unpreparedness are all huge factors in why visitors don't come back to participate in our faith communities. Like going to a restaurant for a meal - even when the food is spectacular - if the experience surrounding the meal is bad, patrons are unlikely to return. It simply doesn't have to be that way!
Join nationally known worship coach and author Jason Moore as he shares lessons learned from years of
providing "secret worshiper consultations" in churches large and small. Jason will help your church identify the five most important factors for new visitors and how to address them with easy-to-implement ideas and systematic steps.
5 Things will include instruction on developing and training a more intentional/welcoming hospitality team, how to/why to develop a formal child check-in procedure, how to conduct a signage audit, and what to do with your existing space. All of these things and so much more will help you recognize what you may have been missing for years. This training will apply to both online and in-person worship. 
Bring your whole team for an experience filled with laughter, fun, and practical learnings. 
What you will learn:
  • Top website priorities
  • Best practices for signage
  • How to develop a child check-in
  • Visitor welcome dos and don'ts
  • Top 10 things that prevent visitors from returning
  • How to avoid unspoken rituals
  • The 4 things that should happen every Sunday (or when you meet)
  • How to conduct a guest readiness training for your church
  • ...and so much more   

Telling the Old Story in a New Time

Best Practices for Worshiping Online and Beyond in a Physically Distanced World

July 13, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Almost overnight, we found ourselves in a new, unfamiliar world. The COVID-19 virus changed everything about our lives, including how we worship. What is the church to do in such a time as this?
With the social distancing practices preventing our physical gatherings, how do we connect and make our message resonate with a world in chaos? Now more than ever, the church has the opportunity to lead the charge in a world looking for spiritual answers. To lead effectively, we have to tell the story in a new way, for a new time, and with a new medium. 
Similarly, a book has to be consolidated and adapted for the screen in movie form, so must the worship we offer virtually. We can’t continue with a “business-as-usual” approach where Sunday morning worship is concerned.
Join author, creative worship, and guest readiness coach Jason Moore for a 2-hour webinar on how to face these unique challenges to worship. Jason will lead your church into a deep dive through the questions and answers that must be asked and addressed as we worship today. 
The workshop will include: 
  • A primer on shifting practices from in-person to virtual
  • How to offer worship beyond online (for the technologically challenged)
  • Best practices for creating worship that lasts beyond the moment
  • A guest readiness guide and tips for how to offer a deeper sense of community
  • Technology tips (what to do when things fail)
  • Copyright concerns
  • Equipment options and how to achieve a good looking (and sounding) stream
  • PDF handbook filled with resource links
  • Extensive Q&A
  • 30 Days to re-watch the recorded stream
  • Optional follow-up coaching opportunities 
  • ...and so much more  


Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences for Online and In-Person Audiences

July 12, 2021
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Before the global pandemic, most congregations who were streaming worship online were (more or less) creating an experience for the people gathered in-person in their buildings. Leaders would often (at some point) look into the camera and say, "And if you're worshiping with us online, we're glad you've joined us." They'd then look back at the people gathered in person and continue with a worship experience designed as a physical gathering. 
This meant that the home audience were observers of what was happening in real-time on-site. They could watch but not truly participate. This model (arguably) worked because - at the time - we knew nothing different. 
In March 2020, when congregations ended in-person worship and went online (many for the first time), the methodology for streaming worship completely shifted paradigms. Everything was about the home audience. There was no one in the room, and the people at home could feel that shift. They knew they were being talked to directly.
Now we face one of the most critical moves in the next iteration of the online worship experience. As we move back into our buildings, we mustn't return to making people at home observers after talking directly to them for so long. They'll feel that too. 

We also can't take an approach where we treat the in-person crowd as the studio audience, providing the laugh or clap track for the people watching at home. Neither of these audiences should feel secondary. If we fail to think about creating a BOTH/AND scenario as we go back to in-person worship, we will lose so much of what we've gained in these last seven-plus months.
Join us for Both/And: Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences For Online and In-Person Audiences
This 2.5-hour workshop will delve into strategies for creating powerful transformative worship where no one feels like they’re an afterthought. 

It will explore:
  • Re-imagining worship for both/and
  • How to create interactive both/and experiences
  • Bringing at home and in-person audiences together in real-time
  • Alternative opportunities for online audiences watching in-person live streams
  • Repurposing in-person worship for online audiences
  • Strategies for adapting practices for both/and
  • Avoiding letting your groove becoming a rut
  • ...and so much more