Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)



First Advisor

Jamale Kempt, DMin

Second Advisor

Eugene Austin, DMin


The 21st Century has witnessed a new age characterized by exponential growth of global internet users and the central role of digital technology impacting the economy, science, religion, government, and society.1,2 Information is available via digital channels in every form, whether word, image, or sound.3 Digital technology is integrated into society and has influenced the practice of the Church, leading to the emergence of a phenomenon known as “Hybrid Faith,” the merging of in-person faith and online faith into one holistic integrated experience.4 This study explores how small and medium-sized churches in two cities adopted digital communication technology to engage with their members and the broader community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study also aims to explore the primary theological, biblical, and scholarly arguments around the church’s use of digital communication technology and its impact on church interaction regarding missiology, Koinonia, Ekklesia, liturgy, and sacrament of the Eucharist. Finally, the study will explore the potential limitations, concerns, and benefits of relying on digital tools and platforms for religious practices. This study will use secondary data from 60 small and medium-sized churches in two cities in Zimbabwe. The findings of this research will provide insights for religious leaders, scholars, and practitioners on the effective integration of digital technology into church communication, promoting an inclusive and accessible experience for believers in the digital age.

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