In the space of a few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic forced churches to become more digital—to move services and other elements of congregational life online. As the health, economic, and social impacts of COVID-19 continue to emerge, congregations will need new theological and technological resources to thrive in the future being shaped by this pandemic and our responses to it. During the current emergency digital extension of church life, and the growing social awareness of how new and emerging technologies are transforming our lives and world, congregations are discovering new ways of being the church outside of regular meeting places and patterns. When churches are able resume more familiar routines, the life and mission of every thriving church is likely to include an increasingly sophisticated digital dimension. As churches move through and beyond the present crisis, new forms of the church—digitally transformed churches, not merely digitally extended forms of pre-pandemic churches—will help shape the future.
The mission of the Church Digital Transformation Project at SPU is to provide churches with theological and technological resources for digital transformation.