When Pastors put on the “Tech Hat”: How Churches Digitized during Covid-19
Report 1 analyzes themes from 50 Tech Talk Sessions with 478 church leaders hosted by the Center for Congregations in 2020 and 2021 discussing their technology use during the pandemic. This report looks at different churches' choices to implement digital media, and the unique technological demands they discovered in moving from traditional offline church, to doing online and hybrid forms. Report 1 centers on responses to four questions emerging from these discussions, specifically:
Who are the people making technological decisions within churches right now?
What challenges have churches faced in using and implementing technology during the pandemic?
What were the prominent issues churches encountered in their transitioning of services into a new platform and a new culture?
Are there any success stories worth noting or examples of unexpected outcomes or results of using technology?
available through the OAKTrust Digital Repository, based at Texas A&M University.
Mission to Serve Tech: Churches "Lock Down" Technology During The Global Pandemic
Report 2 investigates data collected from 2700 Indiana churches who participated in the Center for Congregations' Connect Through Tech (CTT) grant program. This report analyzes CTT applications to t and final reports submitted by these churches, in order to learn how churches understood and perceived the role of churches, technology, and their changing relationship during the first two years of the pandemic. Report 2 centers on five questions explored through a content analysis research process, specifically:
How do churches view technology and the internet? And how has this changed between the initial applications from 2020 to final reports submitted in 2021?
How do churches conceive of and describe the church and its mission? And how has this changed between the initial applications from 2020 to final reports submitted in 2021?
What do churches see their relationship to digital media in light of their technological engagement, during the pandemic?
What kind of community do churches see themselves being? And has increased technology use shaped their understanding of community in any ways?
What are the most notable challenges and opportunities did technology use and integration into church work create for congregations?