7 Ways to Connect with Your Community with Low – or No – Broadband Access
By Scott Hughes
Have you found yourself facing the challenge of connecting with some in your congregation who cannot connect online for various reasons? Are you finding it a challenge to connect with your congregation or parts of it? Many local churches and leaders are experiencing similar challenges. This may be due to late adapters or non-adapters to technology, or it might be due to the geographical challenge of access to internet and cellular technology, or some other reason. There are those within the church who desire a worship experience, who seek connection through Bible studies or prayer groups, and who long to feel connected but lack the access to the tools of technology that are needed to maintain community during a time of physical distancing. Making connections will not only help create the feeling of community and offer opportunities to grow in discipleship now, but can also be a bridge toward deeper discipleship and faithful presence through maintaining and fostering relationships until we can all gather safely again. There are ways to maintain community and grow in our discipleship, as we experience worship, study, prayer, and fellowship together in ways that use limited technology. It may seem challenging, especially with limited technology, but it’s worth it, if it means that those within our congregation and community who are isolated physically, emotionally, spiritually, and technologically, experience the good news of Jesus Christ through human community.
We’ve compiled some ideas and resources for you to try as you face the opportunity to connect creatively in this season.
*This document has been shared with District Superintendents to provide access to those without Internet connection.
Scott Hughes is the Executive Director of Congregational Vitality & Intentional Discipleship, Elder in the North Georgia Conference, M.Div. Asbury Theological Seminary, D. Min. Southern Methodist University, co-host of the Small Groups in the Wesleyan Way podcast, creator of the Courageous Conversations project, and facilitator of the How to Start Small Groups teaching series.