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Discipleship in a Digital Age for Spring Harvest Harrogate 2018

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A short session to be held on April 6th at Spring Harvest's new Harrogate venue.

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Discipleship in a Digital Age for Spring Harvest Harrogate 2018

  1. 1. Discipleship in a Digital Age Dr Bex Lewis Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing, Manchester Metropolitan University; Director, Digital Fingerprint Tweet @drbexl 1 For: https://www.springharvest.org/ Find: https://www.slideshare.net/drbexl https://stockfresh.com/image/3940801/faith-hope-and-love-on-digital-tablet
  2. 2. THIS SESSION • The Digital Environment – A few stats – Challenging contemporary media narratives • (Digital) Discipleship – Corporate – Individual • Learning from James for (Digital) Discipleship – Biblically informed online behaviours Tweet @drbexl 2 https://unsplash.com/photos/eMzblc6JmXM
  3. 3. THE DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT Tweet @drbexl 3 https://unsplash.com/photos/fHmszcSNBM4
  4. 4. Tweet @drbexl 4https://www.ons.gov.uk/businessindustryandtrade/itandinternetindus try/bulletins/internetusers/2017
  5. 5. Tweet @drbexl 5 https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0021/105438/uk-internet-online.pdf
  6. 6. Tweet @drbexl 6 https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0021/105438/uk-internet-online.pdf
  7. 7. Tweet @drbexl 7 https://unsplash.com/photos/5AqFkT1kn-Y ONLINE / OFFLINE
  8. 8. Tweet @drbexl 8 http://www.scarymommy.com/teens-on-phone-rembrandt-the-night-watch/
  9. 9. Tweet @drbexl 9 http://uk.businessinsider.com/social-media-iphone-facebook-instagram-addiction-2018-3
  10. 10. Digital on its own terms Even though in practice, face-to- face communication can, of course, be angry, negligent, resistant, deceitful and inflexible, somehow it remains the ideal against which mediated communication is judged as flawed Livingstone, S. Children and the Internet: Great Expectations and Challenging Realities, 2009, 26 Tweet @drbexl 10
  11. 11. (DIGITAL) DISCIPLESHIP Tweet @drbexl 11 https://stockfresh.com/image/468270/abstract-silhouette-praying
  12. 12. Tweet @drbexl 12http://www.discipleshiptools.org/pages.asp?pageid=65405 https://stockfresh.com/image/118043/fish-sand-symbol “A Disciple is one who, by following Jesus, grows in their faith in Christ and in so doing models and teaches Christians the precepts of the Bible, prayer, doctrine, relationship, Christian living, service, and worship, to name the main ones.
  13. 13. Tweet @drbexl 13 https://www.wearemakingdisciples.com/
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  15. 15. For many churchgoing is no longer the ‘cultural norm’. People don’t actively ignore the church: they don’t even think about it. Matthew 5:13-16 calls us to be salt and light in the world, and for thousands in the ‘digital age’, that world includes social networks such Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest. With literally billions in the digital spaces, the online social spaces presented by churches need to be appealing, welcoming, and not look like they are just an afterthought: they are now effectively the ‘front door’ to your church for digital users, and you ignore those spaces at your peril. Lewis, B. Growing Churches in a Digital Age, 2013 Tweet @drbexl 15 http://bit.ly/ChurchDigAge Image: Flickr
  16. 16. Online Church? It may be possible to set up an online mega-church of millions of people but it is more likely that a long-term online Christian community will be small and quiet rather than large and exciting, and may not be understood by the wider Church…the commonest question I am asked about online church is ‘What do you do?’ and it is hard to explain that we don’t ‘do’ church – we are church to each other, despite the lack of sacraments or a building, because we are committed to each other’s journeys in the faith and in Christ’s love. Smith, P. Online Mission and Ministry, 2015, Introduction Tweet @drbexl 16
  17. 17. Tweet @drbexl 17 “The original disciples gave each other that which each needed, were honest and true, were respected by people, and sought to live both the good and difficult parts of life together. Will others say that of us? My thought whenever someone thinks different from me is to think, how interesting, and to want to have a conversation about the journey they took to reach that understanding! We need to celebrate our similarities, rather than focusing on our differences.” Bex Lewis, ‘Church as Family’, 17/02/18, Day by Day with God
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  19. 19. [If we are…] means by which God communicates and reveals himself through his Spirit, then our blog posts, status updates, tweets, artistic images, and online comments should be products of a life transformed by Christ and indwelled by his Spirit. As restored image bearers, our online presence and activity should image the Triune God. Byers, A. Theomedia: The Media of God and the Digital Age, 2013, 196 Tweet @drbexl 19
  20. 20. “.. PEOPLE FIND IT EASY AND MORE COMFORTABLE TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT FAITH IN A PRIVATE SPACE ONLINE… PEOPLE ON SOCIAL MEDIA ARE DIRECTLY CONTACTABLE IN A WAY THAT HAS NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN SO EASY; PARADOXICALLY THERE IS A DISTANCE OFFERED BY THE ONLINE ENVIRONMENT AKIN TO THE SCREEN IN THE CONFESSIONAL BOX” (P18) Taylor, B. Sharing Faith Using Social Media, 2016, Grove Books Tweet @drbexl 20
  21. 21. (DIGITAL) DISCIPLESHIP IN JAMES Tweet @drbexl 21 https://unsplash.com/photos/qXgs8u1vqnc
  22. 22. My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20 (NIV) Tweet @drbexl 22 https://stockfresh.com/image/6628352/email-send-button
  23. 23. What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:14-17 (NIV) Tweet @drbexl 23 https://unsplash.com/photos/pVmjvK44Dao
  24. 24. Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you— who are you to judge your neighbour? James 4: 11-12 (NIV) Tweet @drbexl 24 https://stockfresh.com/image/3942061/two-women-gossiping
  25. 25. Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. James 1:2-3 (NLT) Tweet @drbexl 25 https://stockfresh.com/image/1863897/authentic-stamp
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  31. 31. Q&A? Tweet @drbexl 31 HTTPS://WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/DRBEXL

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