The Digital Team was created in October 2016 to develop the Church of England's approach to the web, social media and wider technological innovation.
The work of the Digital Team at Church House is part of Renewal & Reform – helping us become a growing Church for all people and for all places.
The Digital Team is based in the Communications department and is also part of the recently established Evangelism & Discipleship team. It works particularly closely with Church House Publishing on a range of initiatives. This integrated approach enables the Digital Team to maximise output with colleagues across the organisation.The four key areas of work focused on are:
Sharing the good work of churches
Developing campaigns at key moments in the Christian year such as Lent, Advent and Christmas.
These are underpinned by the Church having a strong and growing social media presence, transformed national websites and using technologies such as voice and apps to help meet people where they are at with their faith.
The first triennium of funding ran from 2017 to 2019 and the second triennium of funding running from 2020 to 2022 has been secured.
Find out how the team has been sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in the digital age
Adrian joined in October 2016 as the Church’s first Head of Digital, tasked with building a team and identifying strategic opportunities to use social media and the web to engage both churchgoers and those exploring Christianity. In the first three years, the national digital presence has been overhauled and the work recognised with a big uplift in engagement and winning 15 national awards.
Amaris Cole is the Church of England's Senior Digital Communications Manager, responsible for implementing digital evangelism, discipleship and communications strategies. She delivers a range of digital projects, including video and audio production, social media and AChurchNearYou.com.
Ben is the Church of England’s Web and Insights Manager and manages the national web platforms for the Church and Archbishops. He works alongside Church House Publishing to deliver app and web service solutions across departments.
In her role as the Church of England’s Church Digital Champion, Liz implements a wide range of resources for churches, including training days, weekly blogs, and newsletters, to equip churches to reach their communities using digital.