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Internet Discipleship

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