How to Do Hybrid Church

Find Where You Are, Then Move Toward the Middle, Pt. 1 of 4

Hybrid Church isn’t one-size-fits-all. How your team chooses to approach Hybrid Church depends on two factors:

How much your church embraces digital technology.

The desired outcomes of your specific ministry.

Follow the four steps below, and they’ll take you down a clear path toward reaching more people, more effectively, and more efficiently.

1. Put your mission first.

You might be thinking, “Oh, no … not another blog post about mission!” Well … yes, actually, it is. But if you try to skip this step because you think it’s too basic, Hybrid Church will not work for you.

Mission is always first. Mission should drive everything we do in our ministries.

Let’s try a simple exercise. When you hear or see the words “Hybrid Church,” what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Giant digital screens? Sophisticated electronics in your auditorium? Apps? Complicated software? Internet servers?

If you’re like most church leaders, when you think Hybrid Church, you think digital tools.

Now let’s try another one. When you hear or see the word “Mission,” what’s the first thing you think of? If you’ve been intentional about the culture of your church, most likely, you immediately began reciting your church’s mission statement in your head. And as you did, you probably pictured people. You could practically see a time when your team will have changed the world.

You imagine a future that’s brighter than today.

If you’re like most church leaders, when you think Mission, you do not think about methods.

Reflecting on your mission takes you back to basics. What was the fire that God placed within you? What does He want you to do with your unique gifts, in your community, in your circles of influence?

Once you’ve determined your whole team is firmly grounded in your ministry’s mission, you’re ready to move on to the next step. We’ll talk about it in Part 2.

This is Part 1 of a 4-part series. Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

YouVersion for Churches is developing tools and resources to help you lead and minister in an increasingly Hybrid world.