1) Plan to maintain an online video presence after the social distancing concerns expire. People will soon come to expect to find worship, study, and prayer support, on your website when they need it. The crisis has forced you to take a crash course in new technology. Why not continue your education so that the church can use these tools for evangelism and pastoral care?
2) Allow people to gather when they want to. Have a routine time for the service to go live, but also archive every service for as long as you can. Email bulletins and sermon notes ahead of each service. Make the service available for as long as possible. Add an archive page to your website and use the “subscribe” and “channel” options on Youtube and Vimeo.
3) Use this time to encourage direct deposit of the offering. Set up multiple options for supporting the church. Actively promote giving as a separate activity from in person worship attendance. This will require you to rethink your theology of worship. For people watching online, the traditional passing of the plates is dead air time, even if the music is pretty. Appeals made on video can lack authenticity and remind people of tele-evangelists, or worse still, pledge break on PBS.
4) Tools such as Facebook Live and Zoom allow you to insert a short two-way communication segment into your designated worship time. Encourage people to email or chat their prayer concerns. Have worship leaders record their scripture readings and special music from their homes. Guest speakers and missionaries from afar may become a regular part of your worship.