How to create online connection rather than just producing content
In this era of communication, where absolutely everything is online, it can be easy to focus on content production and forget about connection with your congregation. Something that comes a lot easier when you are seeing people face to face more frequently.
Here are some ideas from us to help!
Create a more private online space for your close community.
A facebook group is a good idea for conversations with your community that might not be quite right in a public forum, for instance, the public facing Facebook page. Many members may feel more comfortable participating in a more open conversation on a private facebook page, sharing their thoughts on particular topics and ideas. An online ‘community’ space could be a great point of connection for your congregation. You could use this space to public encouragement throughout the week, and allow the members themselves to start discussions too.
Make a podcast
Many churches produce a podcast version of their weekly Sunday message however, another idea is to create additional podcast content throughout the week. The longform format of a podcast allows for encouragement and insight that a short social media post cannot illicit. Whilst it is not a ‘two-way’ form of communication, a podcast in a conversation style that covers everyday issues or questions, could be something that helps listeners feel connected to your church.
Never underestimate the power of a personalised message for the members of your church. Whether it is a personalised email, or a mail out every so often. Something personal will remind your members that you are thinking of them, and help them to feel included in what your team is doing.
Don’t assume that your community already knows that they can come to you with their prayer requests. Create space for them to come to you by creating a form on your site and linking it regularly on social media and in any email communications. You could even mention it in your weekly services to remind everyone that they can bring any prayer requests to your team!
Testimonies are a powerful tool to encourage your congregation and Church community. Hearing stories of God’s provision, maybe they’ve found work or been promoted, healing stories and answers to prayer! Our story creates a deep personal connection as people celebrate with us. This is perfect for if you have small groups that are currently meeting online, the leaders can gather stories to feedback into your church.
Just like prayer requests, you can create a form on your site, linking it to regular social media, email and church communications.