Thursday, February 17 at 1:00 pm ET


With so many options for social media and online platforms, where do we even begin? What should we prioritize for our Digital Ministry, why should we use them, and how do we even get started? Join Rev. Jim Keat as we walks through an introduction to social media for ministry, breaks down why you might want to consider certain platforms over others, and unpacks why you shouldn't (and can't!) do all the things.

Thursday, February 24 at 1:00 pm ET


It’s easy for people to see the word “virtual” and contrast it with “real,” which is one reason why Rev. Natalie Renee Perkins rarely uses this word. She wants everyone - in person or online  - to know that virtual church is real church, real connections and encounters and moments to heal our soul as we heal our world. Join Rev. Jim Keat as he talks with Natalie about the digital ministry at Middle Collegiate Church, what has surprised her most during the past two years, how she navigates the white/male-saturated world of online content creators, and her go-to advice for anyone looking to take their digital ministry more seriously.


Past Episodes



How do you lead hybrid worship? Hybrid small groups or Bible studies? Any event that combines an in person and online audience or congregation? In this free webinar Rev. Jim Keat, the Digital Minister at The Riverside Church and the Director of Online Innovation at Convergence, will share ten tips, tricks, and best practices that he has learned over the past few years in his work at Riverside and with hundreds of other congregations.

While it might just look like we've rearranged the words, there is a subtle yet significant difference between "Church Online" and "Online Church." The former tells us where church is happening while the latter tells us how it is happening.

Join Rev. Jim Keat, the Digital Minister at The Riverside Church and the Director of Online Innovation at Convergence, as he tells you how to move from being a church online to an online church. And to make it as practical as possible, the video ends with three tips for online church on Zoom and three tips for online church on YouTube and Facebook Live.


Digital Ministry is no longer new, though it won't always look the same. How did we get to where we are and what's next for this brave new world? Let's find out!

Join Rev. Jim Keat, the Digital Minister at The Riverside Church and the Director of Online Innovation at Convergence, as he talks with Sammy Kelly, the cofounder of Digivangelism, where she creates digital ministry guides to help progressive leaders of spiritual communities share hope, light, and healing online.

How can we use online platforms to cultivate community? Join Rev. Jim Keat as he talks with Rev. Bethany Peerbolte (known on TikTok as @RevBethany) about her experiences with digital ministry and how she cultivates a community on TikTok and beyond.

You bought some cameras. Maybe even a video switcher. You figured out how to put your Sunday morning worship service online and people are even watching it! But what can you do to connect with online congregants more than just having them watch your livestream. Because being part of an online church is more than just watching church online.

Join Rev. Jim Keat, the Digital Minister at The Riverside Church and the Director of Online Innovation at Convergence, as shares five ways that you can connect with online congregants beyond your Sunday morning livestream.

Is it possible to shoot high quality video without any professional gear? Yes! But it helps to learn a few tips and tricks to easily improve your video quality, from intentional lighting to gorgeous slow motion b-roll footage. (And if you don't know what "b-roll" means, don't worry, we'll explain.) Join Rev. Jim Keat as he talks with Rev. Dr. Joseph McBrayer about his journey in creating Cinematic Video for Ministry.

Thursday, December 30 at 1:00 pm ET


Chances are you've been on at least one Zoom call (or Microsoft Teams or Google Meet or whatever) in the past couple of days. Now that video calls are a new normal in the ongoing reality of hybrid church, it's time to improve your setup.

Join Rev. Jim Keat, the Digital Minister at The Riverside Church and the Director of Online Innovation at Convergence, as shares seven ways that you can improve your video call setup to host and participate in more engaging video calls.


For nearly two years Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow has been helping his congregation be intentional about their Digital Ministry and create a unique and compelling Zoom Church experience. Join Rev. Jim Keat as he talks with Rev. Reyes-Chow about what they’ve done, what they’ve learned, and where it’s all going next.



As we begin a new year, what should you focus on and what new ideas should you try for your digital ministry and online church? How do you navigate all the online platforms and our perpetually limited time and resources? Join Rev. Jim Keat as he shares 22 tips for digital ministry that you should try in 2022. (He would have given two thousand and twenty two ideas but that would be a looooooooong webinar.)

And yes, you should try out all 22 this year!

While he might not be the first person who comes to mind when you think of a “Digital Minister,” Thich Nhat Hanh, the prophetic Buddhist monk and teacher, has taught Rev. Jim Keat three invaluable lessons about digital ministry and online church. Join Rev. Keat for this video as we remember this great teacher and reflect on the ways his teachings can inform our lives as digital ministers. 

Is the internet racist? Or maybe it’s just the algorithms. If nothing else, they are certainly biased, and how does the implicit biases of these behind-the-scenes pieces of code impact our experience online and the way we engage the world around us? Join Rev. Jim Keat for this video as he explores a (brief) history of racist propaganda, why the advent of the internet was the best and worst idea ever, and how to confront the algorithms that rule our lives.

Rev. Jim Keat


Rev. Jim Keat is the Digital Minister at The Riverside Church in New York City and the Director of Online Innovation for Convergence, a diverse collective of faith-based leaders, learners, artists, activists, learners, communities, and congregations. He is the creator of original media projects from The Riverside Church such as Be Still and Go, The Word Made Fresh, Church Talk, and more. He is the host of How to do Church Online, a weekly(ish) show where he shares tips, tricks, and best practices for digital ministry and online church.