THFC140421 — Is online community real?

On today’s Tech Help for Churches, “Is online community real?”

People often ask if online community is real. In my experience, friendships I’ve made online are as real as those in person and when we meet in person, those friends tell stories and connect in ways only people who know and like each other do.

If you’re seeking community with others that share an experience, problem, struggle, etc., there are other advantages, too. Online, you can find a group of people who share what you’re going through where locally, there might not be that many who do. Additionally, anonymity is actually an asset. It enables transparency that you can’t have in contexts where people know each other and are afraid of being judged.

While there are times that you need a shoulder to cry on or a hug from someone who cares (and online, you can’t get that), sometimes you can get something much more — understanding.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.