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New Media EvangelismDr Bex Lewis, Research Fellow in Social Media and Online Learning, CODEC, Durham UniversityThis work ...
Let’s get to know each other…
https://twitter.com/drbexl
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/05/magazine/05FOB-consumed-t.html?ref=magazine
Image Credit: iStockphoto
http://www.wordnik.com/words/evangelism
Carl Medearis Relax, enjoy your friends. Enjoy theircompany along with the company ofJesus. Point him out, freely, withou...
Brennan Manning The greatest single cause ofatheism in the world today isChristians who acknowledge Jesuswith their lips ...
What Personal Evangelism is NOTThe model of conversational, story-based faith-sharing in the context ofrelaxed relationshi...
What Personal Evangelism MayWell BeAn invitation to journey. If there comes a context in which you are encouraging someone...
Image Credit: Seed Resources
A sense of fun …Image Credit: Facebook Meme
http://youtu.be/TXD-Uqx6_Wk
http://www.scoop.it/t/influenced/p/1411490163/social-media-landscape-2012-infographic
Source: Facebook
http://www.slideshare.net/drbexl/an-overview-of-social-media-january-2013
Communication & RelationshipsImage Credit: iStockphoto
Darren Hill, Seed ResourcesAll these great Bible versesarrive on my feed without anycontext, background orexplanation. As ...
How do you see this?
Rev Prof DavidWilkinsonGod is a communicating God:“In the beginning was theword, and the word wasGod…”.God is extravagant ...
http://www.wordnik.com/words/communicate
http://www.biblesummary.info
http://philmgreen.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/66-books-in-66-tweets/
http://bigbible.tumblr.com
http://pinterest.com/bigbible/bible-verses/
http://www.slideshare.net/drbexl/the-fast-bible-links
NOTVirtual/RealImage Credit: iStockPhoto
Human Beings at Machines, not “are machines” …
Finding aVoice: http://bigbible.org.uk
Craig von Buseck, Netcasters, 2010
Craig von Buseck, Netcasters, 2010
Bad thingscan happenanywhere
@6% 360/6636 Persistence Perpetual Beta Scalability Searchability
Who might read it? God Parents ‘The kids’ The newspaper Your worst enemy
Push/Pull Care for others - genuinely Know that the world doesn’t revolve around you Be ‘remarkable’, be different Ear...
AuthenticityImage Credits: Seed Resources/ @digitalfprint
Our identity… It is only out ofthis redeemedidentity, out ofwho we are inChrist, that wecan hope to bearfruit in the worl...
Gary Collins (Christian Life Coach) If youre a Christian, seekingto walk in the footsteps ofJesus, youll approach everyas...
The LongTailImage credit: Empower Network
http://www.sayinggoodbye.org
http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/02/seeking-god-online-digidisciple-emmauk74/
A Sense of Community Whilst I cannot conclude my thinking in a wholly positiveway, I acknowledge that great use of all of...
Who is my neighbour? What does it mean to ‘love your neighbour’ in a world inwhich a ‘friend’ might as easily be the kid ...
Timing …
https://www.youversion.com/bible/294/mat.5.13.cevuk
May 2012, @ChristianityMag
1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) But in your hearts revere Christ asLord. Always be prepared to give ananswer to everyone who asks you ...
What Biblical values do we want to see inour (digital) world?Image Credit: iStockPhoto
What do the fruits of the spirit look like online?Image Credit: Kezi
What does it mean to share with grace?Image Credit: Seed Resources
James 2:17So you see, faith by itselfisnt enough. Unless itproduces good deeds, itis dead and useless. New Living Transl...
http://heymissawesome.tumblr.com/post/6346902900
http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/10/evangelism-through-story/
@drbexl @digitalfprint @bigbibleImage Credit: iStockPhoto
A prayer… Father, Creator God,
You sent your Word, Jesus Christ, to reveal yourlove and compassion to the world; you have...
ThankYou!
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  1. 1. New Media EvangelismDr Bex Lewis, Research Fellow in Social Media and Online Learning, CODEC, Durham UniversityThis work is licensed under a CreativeCommons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.http://www.slideshare.net/drbexl/new-media-evangelismFor: http://www.dna-uk.org
  2. 2. Let’s get to know each other…
  3. 3. https://twitter.com/drbexl
  4. 4. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/05/magazine/05FOB-consumed-t.html?ref=magazine
  5. 5. Image Credit: iStockphoto
  6. 6. http://www.wordnik.com/words/evangelism
  7. 7. Carl Medearis Relax, enjoy your friends. Enjoy theircompany along with the company ofJesus. Point him out, freely, withoutfear or intimidation. You’re notresponsible to sell him to them.You’re simply saying what you’ve seen.Youre not the judge. You’re thewitness.
  8. 8. Brennan Manning The greatest single cause ofatheism in the world today isChristians who acknowledge Jesuswith their lips and walk out thedoor and deny him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelievingworld simply finds unbelievable.
  9. 9. What Personal Evangelism is NOTThe model of conversational, story-based faith-sharing in the context ofrelaxed relationship helps us to establish what evangelism isn’t. In thissetting it is not: A series of clichés, platitudes or motivational catch-phrases. Realcommunication, linked to real events and experiences, doesn’t needto fall back on such short-cuts. The whole gospel. Faith-sharing in a relationship is part of a process,not all of it. Who knows what other initiatives and resources God isgoing to call on? A task whose success or failure is on your shoulders. Yourresponsibility is to be authentic; truthful; sensitive; compassionate:to tell your story well. The rest, according to Jesus, is the work of theHoly Spirit. - A theology exam. Nobody is waiting to pass or fail you. A combination lock where only one specific sequence works.
  10. 10. What Personal Evangelism MayWell BeAn invitation to journey. If there comes a context in which you are encouraging someone to take the nextstep in their journey with Jesus, it is always just that - one step. Effective discipleship is not counted in scalpsbut in growth and fruitfulness. What is the next thing that God might be inviting this person to do? A link in a chain. You will never be the only voice an individual hears. Even if there’s no one else about,the Trinity make three, so you’re at least one of four. More likely one of many, many more. A challenge to know and tell your own story. It’s surprising how difficult it can be to answer thesimplest of questions. How has the encounter with Jesus impacted your life? An integration of words and actions. You may well value words above actions, but in the end thosewho see and hear you will draw from both. An expression of dialogue. The best conversations are mutually edifying. Genuine exchange always, insome measure, goes both ways. Grounded in listening. Listen early, speak late is a good rule. Better still; listen early, listen again, thenlisten to make sure you’ve heard well, then consider speaking a possible option, unless more listeningwould be more helpful. A kingdom operation, shaped by the widest possible view of God’s purposes. What makes your wordsgood news? To whom?
  11. 11. Image Credit: Seed Resources
  12. 12. A sense of fun …Image Credit: Facebook Meme
  13. 13. http://youtu.be/TXD-Uqx6_Wk
  14. 14. http://www.scoop.it/t/influenced/p/1411490163/social-media-landscape-2012-infographic
  15. 15. Source: Facebook
  16. 16. http://www.slideshare.net/drbexl/an-overview-of-social-media-january-2013
  17. 17. Communication & RelationshipsImage Credit: iStockphoto
  18. 18. Darren Hill, Seed ResourcesAll these great Bible versesarrive on my feed without anycontext, background orexplanation. As believers weare fine with this, we ofcourse know the context toany text that appears online…don’t we? But what abouteveryone else?http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/11/posts-promises-and-perennial-issues-darrenrhill-digidisciple/Image Credit: Darren Hill
  19. 19. How do you see this?
  20. 20. Rev Prof DavidWilkinsonGod is a communicating God:“In the beginning was theword, and the word wasGod…”.God is extravagant incommunication – he is not asilent God who has to betempted into communicatingwith people.Image Credit: Durham University
  21. 21. http://www.wordnik.com/words/communicate
  22. 22. http://www.biblesummary.info
  23. 23. http://philmgreen.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/66-books-in-66-tweets/
  24. 24. http://bigbible.tumblr.com
  25. 25. http://pinterest.com/bigbible/bible-verses/
  26. 26. http://www.slideshare.net/drbexl/the-fast-bible-links
  27. 27. NOTVirtual/RealImage Credit: iStockPhoto
  28. 28. Human Beings at Machines, not “are machines” …
  29. 29. Finding aVoice: http://bigbible.org.uk
  30. 30. Craig von Buseck, Netcasters, 2010
  31. 31. Craig von Buseck, Netcasters, 2010
  32. 32. Bad thingscan happenanywhere
  33. 33. @6% 360/6636 Persistence Perpetual Beta Scalability Searchability
  34. 34. Who might read it? God Parents ‘The kids’ The newspaper Your worst enemy
  35. 35. Push/Pull Care for others - genuinely Know that the world doesn’t revolve around you Be ‘remarkable’, be different Earn the right to have others take notice of you Be grateful if ONE person cares what you’re doing Have something to say that matters Do stuff that matters – make an impact Strive to bring value to everyone you connect with Be fantastically generous with our time, money, and kindness Be outrageously committed to making the world better It’s all about relationships – build & nurture them Thanks @ianaspin (http://bigbible.org.uk/2010/10/the-eleven-commandments/)
  36. 36. AuthenticityImage Credits: Seed Resources/ @digitalfprint
  37. 37. Our identity… It is only out ofthis redeemedidentity, out ofwho we are inChrist, that wecan hope to bearfruit in the world.Image Credit: Seed Resources
  38. 38. Gary Collins (Christian Life Coach) If youre a Christian, seekingto walk in the footsteps ofJesus, youll approach everyaspect of your life from thisperspective. Yourcommitment to Christ willimpact your marriage,parenting, lifestyle, values,spending, timemanagement, vocation ...Image Credit: Gary Collins website
  39. 39. The LongTailImage credit: Empower Network
  40. 40. http://www.sayinggoodbye.org
  41. 41. http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/02/seeking-god-online-digidisciple-emmauk74/
  42. 42. A Sense of Community Whilst I cannot conclude my thinking in a wholly positiveway, I acknowledge that great use of all of this to myown personal discipleship. I am a broader Christian, abetter informed Christian, a more readily supportedand sustained Christian and for that I love this digitallife. If that makes me a better Christian, then perhapsits purpose is served if a purpose exists and indeed if apurpose is needed. However, I shall continue to praythat someone, somewhere, can say with absolute claritythat because of this digital community, they came toChrist. @FrDavidCloake
  43. 43. Who is my neighbour? What does it mean to ‘love your neighbour’ in a world inwhich a ‘friend’ might as easily be the kid from down thestreet you grew up with as a woman in Botswana whomyou’ve never seen in person and only know in thecontext of Facebook status updates, photos, and notes?What is the nature of community at prayer in a complineservice tweeted each evening by the cybermonks of aVirtual Abbey? What is the ecclesiological and liturgicalsignificant of worship in various churches across thetheological spectrum on the quasi-3D, virtual reality site‘Second Life’? How can we negotiate spiritualinteraction in these contexts without losing sight ofbasic elements of Christian faith expressed intraditional embodied and geographically locatedpractices of prayer, worship, and compassiontowards others? Tweet if You Heart Jesus, p.xiv
  44. 44. Timing …
  45. 45. https://www.youversion.com/bible/294/mat.5.13.cevuk
  46. 46. May 2012, @ChristianityMag
  47. 47. 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) But in your hearts revere Christ asLord. Always be prepared to give ananswer to everyone who asks you togive the reason for the hope that youhave. But do this with gentleness andrespect http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Peter+3%3A15&version=NIV
  48. 48. What Biblical values do we want to see inour (digital) world?Image Credit: iStockPhoto
  49. 49. What do the fruits of the spirit look like online?Image Credit: Kezi
  50. 50. What does it mean to share with grace?Image Credit: Seed Resources
  51. 51. James 2:17So you see, faith by itselfisnt enough. Unless itproduces good deeds, itis dead and useless. New Living Translation (©2007)

  52. 52. http://heymissawesome.tumblr.com/post/6346902900
  53. 53. http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/10/evangelism-through-story/
  54. 54. @drbexl @digitalfprint @bigbibleImage Credit: iStockPhoto
  55. 55. A prayer… Father, Creator God,
You sent your Word, Jesus Christ, to reveal yourlove and compassion to the world; you have called us to be his disciples,true images of your beloved Son,
proclaiming his Gospel to allcreation.
His story is now our story.
Keep us faithful to what we havereceived, and generous in our sharing.
Holy Father, we thank you also forthe gift of the Holy Spirit
whom you sent to sanctify and bless all youhave created
and be the bond of love that unites all of us with you andyour Son.
Send forth your Spirit upon us now.
Purify our hearts andmake us attentive to your promptings
that we may be truemissionaries in the digital world.
Grant us the humility to seek youabove and before all other things
that all we say and do may be done inyour name and for your glory.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amenhttp://www.ibenedictines.org/2012/10/21/a-prayer-for-the-christian-new-media-conference-cnmac12/
  56. 56. ThankYou!

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