Church Community & Engagement.
A framework to help churches identify where digital church fits with respect to their traditional church. An exercise to help question and define the assumptions about where a church is, and where it would like to go.
Kenny Jahng of Church Communications joins Altar Live CEO Stephanie Leathe to explore practical ways to make online church even better than in-person church.
Community Landing Pages are out of beta with new improvements!! You can now customize your community landing page to fit your desired look by choosing the light or dark mode. We also improved the landing page proportions and added badges to featured events. You can also see updated events in real time.
Some people can't make it to church Sunday morning. Instead of watching on-demand in isolation, they join their church's scheduled event on Monday -- a recording of the Sunday service together in the community of their neighbors who also missed it. There are some special after-the-service features too.
How can technology bring intimacy and relationship to an online event such as a memorial service?
If your church were planning a sunrise service, you would tailor the event accordingly. Why would you not do the same for online, which has its own unique opportunities and constraints?
Introducing the new Community Landing Pages! You can now connect Altar Live seamlessly to your website with a fully customizable event landing page. Use your own logo, color and even custom URL! Start beta testing today.
Online Pastors miss the in-person experience of walking around and greeting people they know, newcomers, and those who look in need of a comforting word.
Rob Perry, Online Pastor for Lifepointe Church, shares a vision for digital church beyond Sunday morning services. It became clear quickly that people were consuming, but not necessarily engaging.
"There’s a lot of digital tools on the tool belt. But I gotta tell you, one of my favorite right now is a software called Altar Live."
Chat just got a whole lot better! This week you will see chat notifications when someone sends a new message, the ability to turn off/on your chat notification settings, and more moderation tools for Hosts to manage the General Chat channel. Plus, so much more!
May is going to be a big month of releases! Since our exit from beta in April, we are excited to be focusing on some long-requested features. Here's what we're shipping this month...
Elim Church took the bold step to turn off one of its Sunday livestreams to help create critical mass for engagement in Altar Live.
Presbyterian pastors from around the U.S. gathered to get a first look at Altar Live as it went into beta.
We believe in hospitality, which is why this week we've improved the automated greeter message flow so your online host team's message inbox is more streamlined. You'll also notice lots of small, but delightful improvements across the platform.
You've got an online church conference coming up with more than a couple dozen attendees? Zoom-fatigue setting in? This church wanted something new and exciting. Here's how they did it.
This week, we're also simplifying the new community creation process, an important step in making the creation of an online community easy and seamless.
Pastor Aaron Winter of Hearts of Fire International does the teaching -- and trusts the discipling, encouragement and prayer to peer groups.
Text-based chat prayer is still prayer. Is there a deeper, more meaningful way to connect in prayer online?
Today we’re releasing our biggest update since entering beta last December. We’re confident this update will make your experience of Altar Live delightful and marked by hospitable, virtual conversations.
After 5 months in beta, we're excited to share that Altar Live is now fully released. After months of hard work behind the scenes, we're thrilled to introduce you to our new design.
I missed church this Sunday. Can I still gather with people and worship, or do I have to do that alone now?
Spring is here and so are the long-awaited mobile apps! Online engagement should be delightful, that’s why we’ve designed frictionless and intuitive apps so your community can join your events on any device. Head to the Google Play Store and Apple App Store today to try them out for yourself.
Miss having casual encounters with your pastor? There's some hope online.
With Altar Live, setting up and running events should be simple and straightforward, and editing should always be effortless. This week, we're introducing more improvements to recurring events, and much more!
Facebook Watch Parties never provided the kind of engagement church communities crave. What is the purpose of engagement online, and how can a church encourage it?
It's finally here: recurring events and static URLs! If you want to use the same URL for a certain type of event (i.e. weekly Sunday service, morning Bible study, etc), you will want to create a recurring event series. Plus, we've also changed the links on events so they are shareable on Facebook. Keep reading for more long-awaited updates!
Everything in your kitchen or living room comes to church with you when you join a videoconference. That changes a lot of things.
You now have a way to communicate to everyone on the event in one general chat channel.
Using an external camera or mic? No problemo - you can now easily change your audio and video input.
Who leads worship when the leader is overcome?
Zoom was designed for business meetings, not Sunday church gatherings. Here are the top issues we have heard, and how we have designed Altar to overcome them.
After an initial spike in attendance online, both newcomers and regular churchgoers have begun to drop out in large numbers. However, there remains great openness and enthusiasm to deepen spiritual life online even after churches open to re-gather.
Introverts prefer to think before they speak; and prefer written communication over face-to-face. The shutdown has given them a rare space to make their voice heard.
In just four weeks of an online Alpha course, relationships had rapidly developed, trust was formed, and questions were flying. It seems that everything in Covid-time gets accelerated.
This is an awesome time in the history of the Church to open our eyes and take a look at what’s right in front of us. I am in no way diminishing the severity of the situation that many of our churches are in.
This post was written by Altar Live friend and advisor Dale Sellers. Dale is the Executive Director of 95Network and the author of Stalled: Hope and Help for Pastors Who Thought They'd Be There By Now. He has been in ministry for 40 years and is dedicated to helping small and mid-size churches get healthy.
Singing in church has been disrupted. A professional church musician is discovering new ways to worship.
We are not to do the work as much as we are to equip our people to do the work. There are several simple equipping principles that you can use to help assure that volunteers follow-through with your direction.
Change always meets with resistance. Successful leaders surround themselves with the right support, anticipate ongoing challenges as circumstances change, and regularly remind stakeholders of the Scriptural basis for their mission.
Colette's light has shone more brightly in her community during the coronavirus shutdown.
“I no longer feel like a second-class citizen at church.”
Charlotte and Nigel performing pre-recorded lectionary readings from her living room.
Seniors are more ready for online church than you might have thought. Well, Grandma went to Woodstock... Covid has uncovered all sorts of surprises about the church.
Small group interaction on Sunday lasts all week long. Talking with many pastors, it seems that more and deeper discipling within small groups has emerged as a new strength of the local church.
At my church, something new has been happening now that we’ve spent a few months doing Sunday service online. There’s a lot of amen!-ing going on. Speaking up during service helps others dig deeper.
Nobody really wanted to go online for church before Covid-19 hit. Now with five months of experience under their belts, pastors have moved beyond using online as a way to survive. They have begun to see lots of new opportunities. As they return, they are thinking of online as a powerful new dimension to their ministries.
Visit the website of any church that has re-opened or is planning to re-open, and you will see lots of changes in place. What you won’t see until you actually come back inside and attend service or Mass are new adaptations — behaviors learned from doing church online for three or four months.