Hosted by Terrell McTyer, Minister of New Church Strategies, New Church Hacks provides practical (and sometimes peculiar) prompts for churches from start to restart. This webinar series is jam-packed with clever solutions to tricky problems and empowers courageous leaders with the tools, tips and how-tos to start, sustain and strengthen congregations. For regular updates, be sure to check this page and follow along on social media with #NewChurchHacks!

April 15, 3:00 PM EST

Faith leaders have their hands full trying to figure out new ways of being church together in this season of social distancing. Congregations may also be looking for safe, innovative ways to respond to unprecedented needs in the community. What does it mean to “love your neighbor” in the midst of a pandemic and shutdown?

“Create and Continue Community Connection from your Couch” offers suggestions for how places of worship can foster a feeling of community and care for their neighbours when they literally can’t be close to them. Many of these ideas for reaching out beyond the congregation may help the church care for its own members more effectively as well. The discussion will help participants:

  • Learn to build a response team, identify assets in their congregation, assess community resources and needs
  • Explore options for community ministry
  • Inform and organize their congregations for their community care ministry
  • Conduct worship online but also connect the dots in between worship services

Featured guests

Heidi Unruh (Coauthor of Churches That Make a DifferenceHope for Children in Poverty; and The Salt & Light Guidebook), Joy Skjegstad (Author of Seven Creative Models for Community Ministry, Starting a Nonprofit at Your Church, and Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry) and Katy E. Valentine (Coach at katyvalentine.com and founder of Creative Christian Spirituality, LLC).


Past episodes

Season 2

We started off season 2 with Upgrade Your Leadership for the New Year. The featured guests included Bob Whitesel (Writer, Consultant, Coach and Speaker) and Jason Tucker (Lead Pastor of Tower Hill Church and podcast host).

Season 1

We ended the first season with 39 Hacks to Prevent Ministry Burnout. It featured Kara Lassen Oliver (Executive Director of The Upper Room Center for Christian Spiritual Formation) and Junius B. Dotson (General Secretary (Chief Executive Officer) of Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Church).

Financial Hacks for New and Renewing Congregationsour sixth episode, featured Belinda King (Assistant Vice President of Disciples Church Extension Fund), Kate Penney Howard (Pastor of North Christian Church), and Eric Newman (Regional Vice President of the Newman Group).

Episode 5 was 26 Vision-Setting Hacks for the New Year. Featured guests included Delesslyn Kennebrew (Regional Minister for New and Transforming Churches in the Greater Kansas City Region), Rick Morse (former Vice President of Hope Partnership Services and Disciples Church Extension Fund) and V. David Kennebrew (Founding Pastor of Freedom Fellowship Church in Atlanta, GA).

Our fourth episode was Find Your Church’s Purpose with These Hacks. Guests included Jose Martinez (Assistant Minister of New Church Ministry) and Amy Shoemaker (Senior Minister, Broadway Church) with a special appearance by Sotello V Long (President of Disciples Home Missions).

In our third episode, Lashaundra McCarty (Coach, Trainer, Speaker with 3C: Creative Communications & Consulting), Pastor Sylvia Ramos (St Augustine, FL), and Emily Frische (Chief Marketing Officer for Pension Fund of the Christian Church) shared their 26+ Marketing Hacks to Move Ministry Forward.

Jamie Bramble (Creative Arts Director and Worship Leader at Simplicity Church, Oklahoma City, OK) and Pastor Liam Bernhard (Worship Leader at Crestwood Vineyard, Oklahoma City, OK and Director of Worship School OKC) discussed 11+ Hacks for Music in a New, Small or House Church.

The series premiered with Pastor Jorge “Joey” Cotto and Tony Rodriguez of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Coral Gables FL, leading a discussion on the Marks of a Healthy New Church.