Virtual Community Ideas

You’ve connected with new and returning international students, praise God! Now, you need to accomplish the task of community building, or creating the culture and feel of family which, in-person, comes so naturally. So, how can you build community virtually? This resource will provide you with curated ideas to help you get you started and to dive deeper. The ideas here should work both for students in the States as well as abroad.

  1. Welcoming New Students (at an event)
  2. Just as one might provide slippers at their door for guests, we also need to consider how we can provide “virtual slippers” for both our old and new friends.

  3. Having Fun and Being Social
  4. We all need to laugh more and increase our endorphin levels in order to survive this time of isolation and global grief. Here you will find some low prep resources for good, pure and silly fun.

  5. Deepening Community (Social, Cultural and Spiritual) Among Believers and Seekers
  6. Community is developed best through face-to-face or side-by-side experiences. Through many of these experiences, we shape our chapter’s culture. Here are some events and activities to help you as you plan your small groups and Bible studies to deepen your community bonds. The ideas range in depth and breadth and can be scaled up or down according to your context.

  7. Caring for Practical Needs
  8. In a season of uncertainty and anxiety, the personal touch is needed more than ever. Many of our students are longing for human contact. When and where it is possible, and comfort zones are honored, consider some of these ideas to facilitate a socially-distanced visit with an international student or scholar from a volunteer, student leader, or yourself.


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Chloe is the Associate Director of Strategic Projects for ISM.