Laura Murray






Digital

Hospitality Cohorts
Learn to Build Community Online
This is about much more than a face in a square box.
Can we build community online?

And if we can, how?

These questions are on the mind of local church leaders and global non-profit organizations. It is also on the mind of both those who are eager to come back to church and those who will not step back into a church building. This question is pregnant with potential and the unknown.

This is about much more than how to be a face in a box.

There are big, philosophical questions to answer:

  • Who will the church be in this digital world?
  • How will the church work in the digital world?
  • What tools, training, or perspectives do we need in order to be the church in the digital world?
  • Is it possible to facilitate meaningful conversation between people - even strangers? And if so, how do we do it?
And there are practical, tactical questions to answer:

  • What does it look like to be fully present when you are not in person?
  • How do you read a room when you have fewer non-verbals to work with?
  • How do you interrupt a vulnerable conversation in order to facilitate a conversation that allows everyone to participate when you are all on screens?

These past 18 months, my team and I have found ways forward in the digital space, hosting dozens of Digital Silent Retreats. What my team and I found is that the Christian practice of hospitality is a way forward that is needed in the digital space. In addition, studies show the following:

  • The digital space continues to show promise, despite the fact that it is largely untapped by the church.
  • The digital space is where the world goes for meaning and connection.
  • Hospitality and digital space are not at odds - spaces of meaning, community, and connection are possible online.
- Faith for Exiles, David Kinnaman, The Barna Group

With these questions and opportunities to learn in mind, my team and I are offering Digital Hospitality Cohorts. These curated small groups will be a combination of training, contextualized experience, and group feedback and reflection.

These cohorts will:

  • Include up to 9 persons who meet weekly for 6 weeks.
  • Allow time and space to practice Digital Hospitality in real-time, and in your own contexts.
  • Give times of reflection together on our learnings and the application of those learnings.
  • Incorporate readings on early and current ways of Christian Hospitality - both modern and ancient - and current best practices of welcoming in the digital space.

The Late Spring Cohort runs from May 2022-June 2022.

At the end of the cohort, you will:

  • Experience community in the digital space.
  • Have tangible ways to practice hospitality in the digital space.
  • Be prepared to open up, engage, and build community in the digital space.

Cost: $497 per person (group rates are available upon request)

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