This research project investigates the role technology has played in churches during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ways digital media use shapes worship, outreach, and community-building. It also explores how technology engagement informs congregations’ social and theological outlook of congregations during this time. By analyzing a variety of data and narratives from church leaders and congregations, the project seeks to map how and why various digital media technologies and strategies were implemented by these churches to serve their communities. It will also consider what role technology might need to play in a post-pandemic congregational landscape.
Key issues to be studied include:
- the intentions and beliefs underlying church leaders’ technological choices during the pandemic,
- the impact of technology implementation on worship services and church ministry, and
- the immediate and long-term social and theological effects of these choices on congregations.