Andrew Lloyd Webber is responsible for composing and writing some of the most successful and iconic musicals in history, including smash hits like Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita. With seven Tony awards to his name and six London theatres under his ownership, it goes without saying that he knows how to captivate an audience and hold the attention of a crowd. On January 3rd, 2015, the first Saturday of the new year, Lloyd Webber was interviewed by The Daily Mail to discuss his upcoming revival of Cats, but it was something else he said during the interview that stole the headlines and made waves this Monday.
“I want to get every church in the country on WiFi. Once you do that, the church becomes the centre of the community again.” -Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lloyd Webber believes that adding WiFi to every church in England will not only drive more people back to church, but also bring back the ‘medieval tradition‘ of a local church being a place for business owners to gather and exchange ideas. When we read this story, the first person to come to mind was Sean Coughlin, the CEO and Co-Founder at Faith Street, a discovery and giving platform for faith communities. As a Techstars alum and member of the NY tech community with a focus on helping people connect with their church, we reached out to him for his thoughts on what Andrew Lloyd Webber said about WiFi in churches.
“I think WiFi in churches is a definite best practice. I’d recommend it for churches who want to see deep engagement with Scripture, more interaction among worshippers and increased giving.” -Sean Coughlin
While there is no timetable or deployment schedule readily available for this plan, Lloyd Webber says he has discussed it with English government officials, who are willing to pay for the project and work with him to make it a reality. It’ll be interesting to see how this vision for connectivity, community and religion in England unfolds over the course of 2015. At SocialSign.in, our team is constantly stressing the importance of connecting with visitors in venues and know that WiFi is an excellent way to form those connections and nurture them into relationships that matter.