NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Amidst heightened demand, the United Methodist Communications training team has launched a new set of online courses designed to assist those in leadership tasked with creating and maintaining engaging online worship experiences in a socially distanced world.
The agency confirms a surge in church leader training interest as churches seek to keep members safe due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns. Their course demand has increased this year with United Methodist Communications assisting double the usual registrants by the end of the second quarter of 2020.
Online courses have been standard United Methodist Communications offerings for a number of years. Through online learning, over 10,000 global church leaders were trained in various communication topics between 2017 and 2019. Last year alone, the agency trained more than 3,000 church leaders from around the world. When in-person gatherings halted due to coronavirus, the communications agency responded immediately with new and updated training courses to educate local church clergy and leadership on how to effectively utilize technology to engage their congregations in a remote, virtual setting.
This summer, four new courses have been released: