Access and participation•access & public policy•who participates?The Church as a case study<br />Convergent Media Practice...
Stefan Gelfgren<br />stefan.gelfgren@humlab.umu.se<br />http://churchandinternet.wordpress.com<br />http:// twitter.com/st...
30% of Internet users have sought religious information online as of November 2002. <br /><ul><li>That represents growth o...
Approximately 35 million Americans, or 30% of Internet users, had used the Web as a religious resource when we surveyed th...
Why the internet?<br />Once again gain relevance (in a secular society)<br />Be present where people are - convert new sou...
<ul><li>How do churches and their representatives communicate?
Who participate and have access?</li></ul>- One to many (for example from the pulpit)?<br />- The pastor/priest/ordained<b...
Considered to give new possibilities for the Church<br />Commitment<br />Creativity<br />Participatory culture<br />Web 2....
Blogs<br />
Facebook<br />
dszfs<br />Twitter<br />
Miscellaneous<br />
Winter conference 2011 – joint venture between different denominations – web presence through converging media<br />
Livets Ord’s European Conference 2010<br />Benny Hinn event – with blogs, live-stream,  twitter feed ...<br />
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Participation, converging media, and church

  1. 1. Access and participation•access & public policy•who participates?The Church as a case study<br />Convergent Media Practices<br />BCM112<br />University of Wollongong <br />04/04/2011<br />
  2. 2. Stefan Gelfgren<br />stefan.gelfgren@humlab.umu.se<br />http://churchandinternet.wordpress.com<br />http:// twitter.com/stefangelfgren<br />
  3. 3. 30% of Internet users have sought religious information online as of November 2002. <br /><ul><li>That represents growth of 94%, from 18 million who had sought religious information as of March 2000, to 35 million who had done such searches as of November 2002.
  4. 4. Approximately 35 million Americans, or 30% of Internet users, had used the Web as a religious resource when we surveyed the topic in November 2002. </li></li></ul><li>Technological changes<br />Religious changes<br />16th century<br />4th century<br />19th century<br />20th century<br />Trend toward democratization of religious faith and practices<br />
  5. 5. Why the internet?<br />Once again gain relevance (in a secular society)<br />Be present where people are - convert new souls<br />Internal communication<br />Web 2.0 as a role model and to learn from it<br />Participation, building relations, networking …<br />
  6. 6. <ul><li>How do churches and their representatives communicate?
  7. 7. Who participate and have access?</li></ul>- One to many (for example from the pulpit)?<br />- The pastor/priest/ordained<br />- Many to many (for example via internet)?<br />- Anyone with skills and interest<br />
  8. 8. Considered to give new possibilities for the Church<br />Commitment<br />Creativity<br />Participatory culture<br />Web 2.0<br />Church 2.0?<br />UCC<br />Relations<br />Network<br />
  9. 9. Blogs<br />
  10. 10. Facebook<br />
  11. 11. dszfs<br />Twitter<br />
  12. 12. Miscellaneous<br />
  13. 13. Winter conference 2011 – joint venture between different denominations – web presence through converging media<br />
  14. 14. Livets Ord’s European Conference 2010<br />Benny Hinn event – with blogs, live-stream, twitter feed ...<br />
  15. 15. What happens when people get open access to religious faith and practices? <br />Pluralisation <br />Competition <br />Adaptation<br />Subjectivisation<br />See also: http://www.techandreligion.com/Resources/Gelfgren%20JTTR.pdf <br />

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