Ministry has always been about meeting people where they are – in the streets, neighborhoods, homes and schools. Social media and other forms of digital interaction have added another dimension to that world and work.
Although this raises practical questions about the use of different platforms, it also provides an important opportunity for continued theological reflection. Our use of new media, like our presence and activity in any part of our lives and ministry, is not theologically neutral. Like all dimensions of a ministry’s work, it deserves theological consideration as well.
But what does it mean to reflect theologically about new media? Why does it matter? Where to begin? How can I learn more about this?
Staffers from the New Media Project at Christian Theological Seminary answer exactly these questions. Join us for an opportunity to engage and enlarge your thinking about new media and its relation to God’s work and your ministry.
In this workshop, you will:
- complete a theological self-audit for your personal and/or ministry’s use of new media.
- formulate at least one concrete and implementable idea for your ministry’s use of new media.
New Media Project staffers Ray Mills and Nick Buck facilitate this workshop. Buck has served as the associate director of the New Media Project since 2015. He is currently a PhD student in religious ethics at the University of Chicago. Mills is the web and social media manager for CTS. He brings a variety of experiences to this position, including his work as a graphic designer in various print and digital mediums since the mid-1990s.
This workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. The cost is $30 per person. When congregational teams of three or more register together, the cost is discounted to $25 per person. This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and workshop materials. Workshops are limited to Indiana congregations.
How can you maximize your learning in this workshop and others? Check out this Center for Congregations article, "Getting the Most from an Education Event."