Internet Discipleship Where Technology and Theology converge
Issues and Context
Objectives of the project
Usage of Technology
Usage of Theology
Issues and Context
Mainline denom. in decline
Ineffective usage of technology in churches
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
Youth and young adults 14-30
Middle to Upper-Middle Class community
Existing Protestant church members
(Designed within a predominantly JA UM church)
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
Basic Lesson Outline
Meeting in virtual space via skype of tokbox
Scripture Reading Oremus Bible browser or Biblegateway.com
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.
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
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.
Other horizons to consider…
Virtual small groups
Online evangelism programs
Tithing via Paypal
Virtual Church worship for those who cannot/will not reach the physical church