Welcome to Church of England Digital Labs - a hub of resources, news and events to support digital evangelism and digital discipleship in the Church of England. We’re excited to be expanding Church of England Digital Labs so that we can resource more churches with the right tools and skills they need to do digital effectively. Digital Labs now consists of three areas:
- Labs Learning: A continuation of our social media training course and a blog
- Labs Live: An annual event for Christian creatives
- Labs Latest: A monthly email newsletter filled with digital hints, tips and good practice
Through the new CofE Labs blog, the Church of England digital team and other guest bloggers will be sharing their knowledge on design, photography, social media strategy and more. Aimed specifically at those running social and web projects in churches, we hope the advice will help grow the confidence of the Church's digital skills and help us to reach more people online.
Also part of Labs Learning is our social media training course. Over the past 10 months the Digital Team have trained 500+ parishes in social and writing for the web training. The training day looked at how to use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, dealing with negativity online, advertising, making the most of A Church Near You and learning about language and audiences for websites and social. The feedback we have received from the training has been really positive. Comments from participants described it as practical, comprehensive and informative.
We are now trialling a new model to allow us to provide training to even more churches without compromising on quality, running the training via a closed Facebook group. If you’re interested in being trained in social media, please contact your diocesan office.
Labs Live 2019
Back in February 2018, we ran a day-long event for Christian coders, website builders and designers who worked together to develop solutions to further the Church’s Renewal and Reform commitment: to be a growing church for all people in all places.
Two solutions were picked by a panel of judges and we’ve already started to develop one in the form of the Church of England’s Amazon Alexa skill. Next year’s Labs Live event will be running on Saturday 16 March 2019 in Manchester. Applications to join the event will be opening soon.
We understand it’s not always easy to keep up to date with all the changes to social media and so we are producing a monthly email newsletter from the Digital Team. We hope this will help churches keep in the know. The newsletter will include news and updates from our campaigns, products and websites as well as general digital news to be aware of, links to our latest blogs and more. Use the form below to sign up to receive it: