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Hybrid Community: Building and Bridging Virtual and In-Person Relationships

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The church has moved online and most churches plan to maintain some aspect of their online presence post-pandemic. If your church’s online presence is limited to an informational website, worship streaming, and an email list, you are missing a huge opportunity: online community. Online communities create a sense of belonging, offer an additional support system for church members, and help online worship visitors connect to your church in a deeper way. As we begin to resume in-person church life, an online community will continue to be an essential asset for connection and evangelism. This course will give you the tools you need to help you develop an online community that also leads to in-person growth.

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  • Mondays from 11am - 1pm Eastern
  • April 12, 19, 26 and May 3
  • Presenters: Luke Edwards & Angelica Regalado Cieza

Session 1: Hybrid Community 101: Why your church needs to focus on online and in-person community  In this session we will discuss the difference between a community and an audience, the five essential ingredients of every community, and how an online community is the perfect addition to your in-person church.

Session 2: Launching an Online Community: How to start an online community the right way  In this session we will discuss who your community will be gathering and how to recruit new members. We will also help you decide what platform is best for building your online community.

Session 3: Growing Your Hybrid Community: Starting Conversations and Building an Identity  In this session, we will help you develop a plan for creating consistent, engaging content that encourages participation. In addition, we will look at proven ways to create a community identity.

Session 4: Making it Hybrid: Weaving together online and in-person community In this session, we will discuss how to encourage online participants to engage with in-person gatherings and how to connect in-person participants online.

About Your Instructors:


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Luke Edwards is a Mission Strategist and Trainer for Fresh Expressions US. He is also the Associate Director of Church Development for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was the Pastor of King Street Church, a network of fresh expressions and campus of Boone United Methodist Church in Boone, NC. King Street Church currently has fresh expressions meeting in bars, coffee shops, the local homeless shelter, and the county jail. Luke is a provisional elder in the United Methodist Church and graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary. Participating in local, regional, and national levels of the Fresh Expressions movement has given Luke a unique perspective into the future of the church in a post-Christian society.


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The Rev. Angelica Regalado Cieza is a native of Chiclayo, Peru. She immigrated to the USA in 2006 with her family. Angelica graduated from Wake Forest University School of Divinity with her MDiv. and got her Moravian Studies certificate from Moravian Theological Seminary.

Angelica is the founding pastor and mission developer of Estamos Unidos Moravian Ministry, which is a Hispanic Outreach ministry of the Moravian Church, Southern Province in Southside Winston-Salem, NC. Angelica is married to Ruben and they have 2 daughters, Hilda and Jael.

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