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How Small Groups Bring Connection to the Post-Pandemic Church

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After this past year, connecting with our faith communities is more important than ever. But – also because of this last year – our gathering together may look different than ever before.

As leaders prepare and plan for people returning to church, there are many questions, such as:

  • Who will return and who will stay home?  How do we stay connected with everyone?
  • What digital communities do we want to keep and nurture? What resources will that require?
  • How do we grow relationships with the new people who found us online this past year?
  • What resources will both our congregants and our leaders need?
  • After this past year, what do people expect from churches?

Join us in this new webinar series as pastors, small-group leaders, and digital experts discuss how church leaders can help their congregations and communities continue to grow spiritually, whether online or in person.

Staying Connected: How Small Groups Will Refresh and Nurture Your Church Online and In Person This Fall

Honest Conversations and Practical Solutions: What Leaders Must Consider


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Rev. Brandon Baxter

Coordinator of Spiritual Formation and Associate Pastor,
West End United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tennessee


Bill Gray

Director of Grow Ministries,
Floris United Methodist Church, Herndon, Virginia

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Melanie Hill

Adult Discipleship Director,
The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kansas

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Micheal Pope

Lay Leader,
The California Nevada Conference of the UMC, West Sacramento, California

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Ryan Dunn

Minister of Online Engagement,
United Methodist Communications, Nashville, Tennessee

Rev. Ryan Dunn is an ordained deacon through the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He currently serves as a Minister of Online Engagement for United Methodist Communications. In this role he manages the digital presence of the Rethink Church brand, writes for, and hosts and produces both the Compass Podcast and the Pastoring in the Digital Parish Podcast. Ryan uses online platforms to foster supportive communities of content creators and digital ministers.