I ran across this site, internetforeveryone.org, which touts “the internet for everyone.” Not hard to figure that out — their reasoning is broadband access enables everyone to participate in democracy and exercise free speech. Good argument, especially in light of the fact that only 20% of the world has access to the internet. In the US, only 35% of families with income under $50,000 have broadband access. That’s one reason we included a computer lab and wifi access in our new community center.
But back to small churches — does the internet figure in your small church ministry, and if so, how? In our church, only about a dozen families even use e-mail, so the internet is not a big factor for us. When we tried to do an on-line church-wide survey, we had to print paper surveys and then enter the results on-line manually because so few of our members use the internet.
But, your church may be different. Do you use email, a website, text messaging, instant messaging, on-line ads, or any other internet services in your ministry setting? Does your church have a website? Does your church provide at least the office area with broadband access? Is is necessary for small churches? I’d like to know what you’re doing, and so would lots of other small-church folks. So, either drop me a postcard, or hey, why not comment here! Thanks.