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COVID19 has so significantly impacted everyday life in church, home, work and community.

Digital Tools for Churches
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AppsSoftware & Other Useful Tools



Starters Guide
Digital Platforms for Churches [Mark Crosby |article] l ink 

Impact of COVID19 on Church Comms [Digital Church Toolkit |video] link

 Free Consultation with Digital Church Toolkit to help implement in your church [calendly form| link
Latest Advice from UK Government [ website] link

Taking Church Online in a Coronavirus Age [Gospel Coalition |Article] link
Ultimate Coronavirus Guide For Churches [Church Marketing Uni.|article] link
Running Digital Small Groups [ Article | Vineyard Churches] link
Get started with filming [ Article & video | Vineyard Churches] link
10 ways churches can help during the coronavirus pandemic [Premier | Article] link

Prayer. It’snot our only response, but it’s important!

A guide to praying for Coronavirus #PrayToEndCov19  [SIM] link 
A coronavirus prayer and other resources [Pete Greig| Article/slides] link
24/7 Prayer virtual prayer room for the coronavirus pandemic link
Tools like Prayermate and Time to Pray may be helpful

Webinars to help churches and ministries

26th-27th March COVID-19 Church Online Summit. Evangelicals at Wheaton College.

Watch back from 17th March. Children & Youth in London (Watch back via Facebook) Host: Diocese of London Children & Youthwork

VirtualChurch 101 (via Zoom) Host:Chris Lim (TheoTech)

Live Streaming Guides to setting-up live streaming

A beginner’s guide to going live with your service / event free [C of E|article] link 
Livestream to Youtube on just a phone [7 step tutorial] link

Licences to livestream worship [Vineyard Worship|article] link
Most affordable live streaming cameras for churches [ProChurchTools|Podcast] link
Record, stream & podcast your services [CCLI | Article] link
Livestream Your Church Service: A Practical Guide [GospelCoalition|Article] link
How to stream your Church service on Facebook Live – [CBN|article] link
A note about live streaming and song licensing in churches – [James Doc|Article] link
Songs in the public domain – [CCLI | list] link
Best practices for going Live from a Facebook Page [Facebook Article] link

Crisis Management What to think through for your church

All Things Coronavirus [Northshore Church | Google doc] – link 
Guidance for churches [Church of England | Article] – link
Communicating your response [CPO | Google doc] – link 
Templates for Public Statements; emails, social posts, etc [Google Doc] – link

Fbook Groups + resource for Church Comms. Places to go for support and advice from experienced Church Comms teams.

Church Tech UK – [Facebook] link
The Church Comms Collective UK [Facebook] – link
CMG / Visual Church Media [Facebook] – link . OK it’s US-based, but has lots of feeds about live streaming and tech setup for churches.
Coronavirus Tech Handbook [directory] – link
Leveraging Facebook for Online Church During COVID-19 from Nona Jones (Head of Global Faith-Based Partnerships at Facebook) [Facebook Post] – link

Mental Health & Community Helpful resources.

 Coronavirus & Anxiety – [Will Van Der Hart|Article] – link

How to stay connected in the coronavirus pandemic [live Q&A via Sunday Mag] – link

4 Ideas to be FOR Your Community During COVID-19 [article from Sunday Mag] – link

Joy – Support for people self-isolating  [service] – link

Other free Resources. Easily accessible resources to use in your church comms.

Custom video for announcements [GoChatter] – link
Coronavirus graphics [Sunday Social] – link
Updates and cancellations graphics [Pixel Preacher] – link
Coronavirus photos [Unsplash] – link
Viral kindness neighbourhood print-out [PDF download] – link
Love our street print-out [PDF download] – link
Viral kindness postcard [print at home or professionally print | PDF] – link


SMS giving via Donr [Service] – link
Churchsuite giving [Service] – link

Apps, Software & Other Useful Tools

Digital tools that will be useful for churches in this season (and beyond!)

For live streaming

Church Online Platform free link A platform to show a live streamed video or a pre-recorded video with a link. Includes online chat, prayer request and integrated YouVersion Bible App.
OBS free link Free & open source broadcasting for live streaming. Connect to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch etc.

Remote working for teams

Slack free link Messaging, file sharing, group chats, video calls

Facebook Workplace link

Microsoft Teams link

Google Drive free link Free for charities to use team drives with unlimited space

For Small Groups

Running Digital Small Groups link

Google Hangouts link

Bible reading plans [from YouVersion Bible App] link Idea – ask small groups to start a Bible App reading plan. Share a plan with friends and read the Word together. There’s lots being highlighted at the moment about fear & anxiety!
Prayermate Share enables you to keep your small group updated with needs link
iknow Church – The team at iKnow have made their platform completely free for churches until September 2020. link

Running Alpha

Alpha online – link

Content Creation

Canva free link
Easy to use graphic design templates, pre-made sizes for social media platforms 

Video calls

Zoom link

Skype link

Google Hangouts link


Anchor link

Project management

Trello link To do, doing, done

Airtable link Part spreadsheet, part database. They are giving out free pro-upgrades for groups working on covid-19 projects. details

Remote work

Four tips for staying productive working from home [Google | Article] – link 



 Mark Crosby, Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland

Benjamin Lyon, Living Rock Church

Ben Elliott, Christian Publishing Outreach 

Peter Murden, Digital Church Toolkit

Finn Johnston, Digital Church Toolkit 

Liz Morgan, Church of England

James Doc, Kingdom Code


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Just pick what might help you and investigate.

Bless you
Matthew Porter, Officer.