The Phygital Mindset: Digital Complements, Not Competes With, Physical Church

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The Phygital Mindset: Digital Complements, Not Competes With, Physical Church

In today’s post-COVID culture, the church has many challenges… one of which is what do we do with digital? Do we continue to broadcast our services? Or stop? Are the people who have not come back to the church building still a part of our church? What about the people who have connected to our church digitally and aren’t able to connect physically? How do we manage this mess?

In 2022 and beyond, digital will play a role in our churches. The unfortunate reality is, for many of our churches, we’ve positioned digital in competition with physical. Let’s really care about the physical environment and make that the #1 emphasis in our church strategy, but let’s also stream that service online so people can easily get that emphasis while at home… no longer coming to the building… And oh, btw, let’s evaluate the success of our church based on physical attendance so those people at home really don’t matter.

The unfortunate reality is that there is competition, there is conflict, with churches broadcasting their service online while at the same time putting so much emphasis on the physical expression of community. So what do you do? Let’s respect the live experience enough to not stream it, and instead take a phygital approach.

Stadia has developed a Phygital Church(™) framework that helps churches develop a strategy to help their church Thrive, Grow and Multiply Physically & Digitally. To accomplish this, Stadia is taking the strengths of Physical and the strengths of Digital and find ways to get them to work together.

So how do we get digital to complement what our churches are doing physically? That’s the heart of what we’re talking about in Future-Proofing Your Church” with Stadia Phygital. In Session 1, Host Jeff Reed brings in Matt Anderson from One Community Church, a multicultural church in Plano, Texas, who pivoted very hard towards digital as a result of COVID, but has seen his church thrive as a result of the digital shift even post-COVID. Come learn the philosophical and practical shifts you’ll need to get your church embracing the phygital mindset.

Here’s a hint. If all you’re doing digitally is broadcasting services, you’re really missing out on the whole purpose of digital. Effective digital is not about a megaphone blasting a message to millions of people. It’s about a relational conversation between a small group of people, maybe even 1 on 1. Now, what can that digital approach to towards disciplemaking…?

To find out the answer to that question, or how can digital help you prepare for the road ahead, join Jeff & Matt on Session 1 of Future-Proofing Your Church Thursday, December 9, 2:00 p.m. EST.

Featured Guest

Matt Anderson

Prosper Campus Pastor, One Community Church

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Featured Guest

Matt Anderson

Matt grew up on the east coast and attended the University of Maryland, earning a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Physics. His passion for ministry began while participating and later leading a campus ministry. Then after working as an Electrical Engineer for 3 short years, he was called into full time ministry. Which led him to attend Dallas Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master’s in Christian Education. Matt has served in various Campus Pastor roles at One Community Church and currently leads the Prosper Campus. Connection is his passion, and he is focused on leading everyone to become passionate followers of Jesus. Matt and his wife, Aneesah have two beautiful daughters, Journey and Zoe.

Dr. Melissa Patton

Dr. Melissa Patton serves as the Chief Operations Officer at both Victory Church and The Victory Corporation. She is an impassioned educator as well as an innovative and thriving entrepreneur. Melissa has devoted a lifetime to assisting people to better understand their purpose and potential through the vehicles of education, business development, and strategic planning. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing from Drake University, a master’s degree in community counseling from Concordia University, and a doctor of education degree in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University. She's married to Pastor Stanley and they have two sons Micah and Mason Patton.


Jeff Reed

Director of Digital Church Planting, Stadia
With about 20 years experience serving the church in the digital/technological realm, Jeff loves working with churches. Through blogging, podcasting, speaking and social media, Jeff loves helping churches find a larger ministry purpose in Church Online. Coupled with his desire to create something new and his passion for disciple-making disciples, Jeff’s the perfect guy to spearhead a Digital Church Planting initiative. Jeff married his high-school sweetheart, Amy, and have two kids and a dog, and a bird. They live in Miami, Florida.

Jason Bowman

Jason lives outside of St. Louis with his wife Ashley and their two children. He is passionate about helping people live life to the fullest. His 20 years of ministry experience include: National Young Adult ministry, church planting, as well as staff roles at large growing churches. As a founding partner at ArtSpeak Creative he has helped the agency grow from 2 to over 15 team members helping hundreds of organizations across the country and around the world cultivate their stories of life change. As a certified speaker, consultant, and coach on the John Maxwell Team, Jason has personally worked with for-profit executives and some of the largest ministries in the country. His personal story of radical life change sets a foundation to come alongside any person and any organization and help them grow.

Dave Edwards

Dave Edwards serves as Pastor of Discipleship at Church Project in The Woodlands, TX. Dave travels the world full time, speaking in churches, Christian conferences, and corporations, igniting positive change. Dave is the author of 26 books and a multi-talented communicator with more than 25 years of experience.

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“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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