On a weekly basis, 15 women from countries across North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia gathered together through a Zoom video conference — Bible study notes in hand — ready to discuss the book of Romans. Using video conferencing software for a Bible study may be a novelty to many and very foreign to some, and as technology evolves we face new opportunities to use tech for good.
Bible studies seem to come in all shapes and forms these days — via apps, in small groups, with DVDs, books — you name it. Even though some are done in the comfort of your home as an individual devotional time, community plays an important role in creating accountability and motivating healthy discussion.
Technology, on the other hand, enables community to be expressed in ways that were not possible a decade ago.just in the Church but in our faith.
I witnessed members having to be in incognito mode some weeks, without camera or mic, because of persecution in their countries. Their bravery was not just inspiring, it also awakened a new meaning of the Gospel for me personally. I also observed how many prayer requests around me were for travel mercies and mild fevers while some of these ladies were facing daily extortions by gangs. A reality foreign to many.
In this process, although technology presents challenges, like disruption due to poor connectivity, the benefits are many:
You no longer have to miss discussion time if you are traveling. As long as your phone, tablet or computer is with you, your Bible discussion group is too.
No Travel Time
If you are considering video conferencing as a channel for Bible studies at your church or ministry, here are some details to have in mind: