Growing communities online Part 3

Growing community online - Part 3:

Friday 19 June, 4.30pm (BST), livestreamed at the HeartEdge facebook page

Sally Hitchiner, Lorenzo Lebrija and Rachel Noel explore 'how to' build community online for churches.

Practical tips, stories, keeping in touch, sharing insights, finding support, promoting your services - via the mainstream press, and websites including 'ChurchNearYou' for the C-of-E, or across denominations Find a Church. With news of apps, websites and resources plus alternative approaches and structures. Watch the first two workshops at

Sally Hitchiner is Associate Vicar for Ministry at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Her work includes liturgical and organisational aspects of the church. She currently leads ministry to the dispersed congregation of St Martin's via a confidential online community space and pastoral care groups. Sally set up an online Christian community as a university chaplain and founded the Diverse Church initiative with over 1000 participants across the UK. Diverse Church grew from one community to a community planting organisation, launching a new community of 60-100 Christians across the UK and Ireland each year.

Rev Rachel Noël, known locally as the Pink Vicar, Priest in Charge of Pennington Church, a HeartEdge church in the Diocese of Winchester, an estate church on the coast of the New Forest. Creative, artist, priest, contemplative, neurodiverse, leading a church that is flourishing online this season, and engaging deeply with the local community including through a large community yarn bomb of the Easter Story on the churchyard hedge.

Fr. Lorenzo Lebrija is founding director of the TryTank, the experimental Lab for church growth and innovation. He is responsible for the entire process of development and implementation of experiments for innovation in the church. (It's a staff of 1, so don't be that impressed!) Prior to launching TryTank, Lorenzo was the Chief Development Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. He served as the Pastor on behalf of the Bishop at St. John's Episcopal Church in San Bernardino, CA, and as priest associate at St. Athanasius Episcopal Church at the Cathedral Centre of St. Paul in Los Angeles.

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10th June 2020

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