Website Tips for Smaller Congregations, Part 2

This is the second post in a series of eight.  To see the plan for the entire series, consult post 1 of the series.

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Part 2:  Internet Access

router Broadband access is now widespread, but may not yet be available  in your area.  If it is, pay whatever it takes to get it installed.  It will help your congregation’s leaders be more productive, and can help to reduce costs for holding meetings and disseminating information.

Once broadband access is installed, create a wireless network in your congregation’ meeting place so that people with laptops equipped with wireless interface cards can use that space for research, and internet-facilitated meetings with remote parties, and so that your religious education workers can use the World Wide Web for workshops.  (A wireless network can be established with a router that costs approximately $100 dollars.  The setup isn’t difficult.)

Don’t refrain from using new telecom tools and techniques because some of your congregation members lack the equipment or skills to take advantage of technological  advancements. Figure out ways to keep folks “in the loop” who can’t or won’t participate online, but don’t hold the whole congregation back from obtaining crucially important ministry tools out of deference to them.  Offer cyber-skill training for church members willing to give it a try, and be patient with them as they learn.

About: TCDavis

Since 9-11 I've had a strong commitment to interfaith peacemaking. I recently founded the interfaith social network: interfaithtechassociates.ning.com. I run a small company that helps community groups with inexpensive, easy-to-maintain websites, and produces photos and videos, mostly for Web use. My home page is: http://web.mac.com/tcd123 I'm also an avid photographer. Please visit my nature photography gallery for prints and cards at: www.shutterfly.com/pro/TCDavis/tdphotos I write an interfaith peacemaking blog called RuminOcean, about spirit, faith,and politics. You'll find it at my home page: web.mac.com/tcd123 I'm the owner of cyberkenblog, LLC (http://www.cyberken.teledavis.com), which helps faith and community groups improve the Web literacy of their members and to design websites that are inexpensive and easy to maintain. I'm a retired pastor with experience in cross-cultural work, pastoral psychotherapy, and graduate teaching. Last but not least , I'm a proud grandpa!