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Internet Discipleship



Project for TAG class

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    • Internet Discipleship Where Technology and Theology converge
    • Internet Discipleship
      • Issues and Context
      • Objectives of the project
      • Starting points
      • Methodology
        • Usage of Technology
        • Usage of Theology
      • Overall Vision
    • Issues and Context
      • Mainline denom. in decline
      • Ineffective usage of technology in churches
        • Creating relationships
        • Evangelism platform
        • Larger ecumenical connection
      • Where I believe we are…
        • Powerpoint & A/V
        • TV’s w/ DVD’s in Classrooms
        • Emergence of social media usage
        • Space for practical theological dialogue
        • Emergence of awareness
    • Project Objectives
      • Target Audience
        • Youth and young adults 14-30
        • Middle to Upper-Middle Class community
        • Existing Protestant church members
        • (Designed within a predominantly JA UM church)
      • Goals
        • To create ministries, not churches
        • To create virtual space for theological dialogue
        • To apply new methods of evangelism in a virtual space
      • Vision of this project: to have people engage in their faith of God using modern media to gather information, exchange dialogue, and create new methods of using technology with theology.
    • Project Starting Points
      • Previous points of interest
        • TAG conference  theology needs to be explored
        • Previous readings/blog posts  methods could be better
        • RE 305 – Teaching the Bible in Context  Christian teaching is contextual
        • Research on various JA UM Churches  Loss of identity in popular culture, loss of theological understanding of a JA-UMC
        • DS 339 – Discussion on Evangelism and Technology  visioning what evangelism would look like using social media.
        • Various virtual church emergence  James Kang, Kimberly Knight
      • Welcome to Faith VMC!
        • Online Form for applying to this group
        • Looking for 6 people to train
    • Methodology
      • Basic Lesson Outline
        • Meeting in virtual space  via skype of tokbox
        • Scripture Reading  Oremus Bible browser or
        • Interaction & Dialogue  bloggers, wikipedia, google, and facebook
        • Reflection upon the various readings including their own life
        • Application of theological understanding
          • Private – Facebook Private group discussion
          • Public – on Faith VMC, Youtube, twitter, etc.
    • Methodology
      • Other factors (I could use help on this!)
        • Usage of Scriptures – Ecclesiastes, Gospels, Etc.
        • Number of lessons? 6 to 12?
        • Themes: Image of God, the nature of humanity, Our own history, theodicy, evangelism, the Bible, the church, the holy spirit, Christian denom., Christian relationships with the world.
      • Curriculum in Progress
    • Overall Vision
      • This is the beginning. I’m not trying to make a new church, but trying to strengthen an existing one. This is a project, geared for those who may feel distant from the church: physically, spiritually, generationally, or virtually. My Goal: to create a space for virtual Christian ministries.
    • Overall Vision
      • Other horizons to consider…
        • Virtual small groups
        • Online evangelism programs
        • Tithing via Paypal
        • Spiritual Self-Defense
        • Inter-generational interaction
        • Virtual Church worship  for those who cannot/will not reach the physical church