Should Digital Discipleship Continue in the Post-Quarantine Era?

The methodology of ministry life was already changing before COVID-19, but what had started as a gentle current is now a tsunami. Churches went virtual like never before overnight. For many ministries, this made the most technologically savvy person in the room the “tech guru.” However, as Church life slowly returns to normal, Pastors and staff may have less time on their hands to continue the digital discipleship they’ve begun during the quarantine era.
March 29, 2022
Should Digital Discipleship Continue in the Post-Quarantine Era?

For many Churches the amount of online content they are currently producing will be unsustainable when regular services recommence. Even now, many Churches may have a broader online vision than they are able to execute due to limited knowledge or funds. There are so many tools and services to be had and ministries may find it overwhelming to navigate through them.

The arguments to continue digital discipleship and “Church at home” are innumerable. So many barriers to member involvement are removed by having content and services accessible online. Mothers with children can participate in evening Bible studies they would have missed while putting the kids to sleep. Nurses can “attend” service during their breaks at the hospital. Elderly or sick members who are no longer able to make it to service can still be a part of the congregation.

Many Pastors are noticing members of their flock who have been absent in person are suddenly “present” online. Most articles I’ve seen about Church “attendance” suggest increased engagement through online platforms. It seems many Pastors would like to continue using virtual platforms after the quarantine. Obviously, nothing replaces the gathering of God’s children in His house, but online engagement should be considered a supplement rather than a replacement to in-person fellowship once more than 10 of us can be in a room together.

Jesus used every available method to spread the Kingdom of God. He did not stop speaking to the masses in fields and on mountains because he stepped into a synagogue once a week. Neither did his disciples. Many Churches, big and small, have stepped into the open air of the interwebs for the first time and may have to step back out due to the one thing everyone agrees is a problem. Giving is down.

This gives us an opportunity. The first Church was known for sharing what they had with one another. Share was created with this purpose in mind. We literally launched early to bring this service to Churches and Christian freelancers when they would need it most. Shaar’s project-based services give Churches an opportunity to get necessary, Kingdom-expanding work done for a price they can afford while benefiting fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. And this work needs to continue.

We are in the fields now, friends. Not just the open air fields where men like Spurgeon spread the Gospel, but the fields where the workers are found. We pray for workers to be sent out to the fields because the harvest is great, but the workers are few.

Our vision for Share is to be a place where workers are found and the harvest can be brought in. I hope and pray that in this time of uncertainty, we can become a resource to Churches. I pray that our growth is for God’s glory and not our own. As we continue to grow, I hope you will join us in furthering this vision: That the workers would be gathered and used for God’s harvest.