Review of Ministry in the Digital Age

Meet the Author David T. Bourgeois is director of innovation and associate professor of information systems at Biola University.  Every summer, he teaches an online course at Biola’s Talbot School of Theology called “Digital Ministry.” Additionally, he consults with churches, ministries, and other faith-based organizations on how to use digital tools more effectively.  Previously he worked in information systems at Fortune 500 companies in roles that included systems analyst, programmer, Read More …

Is Your Church’s Website Visitor Friendly?

Most people visit your church's website before visiting your congregation's physical campus.  How welcoming is your site for prospective visitors?  Tyler Walworth recently suggested assessing your site in light of questions visitors will likely ask including: Where is the church located? Who is the pastor? What should I expect? Will I be singled out as a visitor or pressured in any way? How do I join? Do I have to join? Should I know anything before I arrive? So What? A few Read More …

Future Church – More Connected

Church v.2020 - Ten Changes: #4 More Connected – Less Geographically Dependent When compared with the American church of 2012, the future church (v.2020) will be more connected and less geographically dependent.  The increased abilities of technology along with increased utilization within the church will facilitate many changes, including: Most congregations will move from being identified primarily by a physical presence (e.g., church campus that includes one or more buildings) to a Read More …

Why Your Ministry Should Have a Blog

Guy Chmieleski has served in campus ministry at four institutions of higher education associated with three different denominations (Baptist,  United Methodist and Church of Christ).  On his blog, he shared his own experiences as a blogger, a bit about a presentation on why blogging is important that he made recently to the United Methodist Campus Ministry Association, and four reasons why he will be integrating a blog into his campus ministry work and thinks other ministries should consider Read More …

Facebook Users Are . . .

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project recently released Social Networking Sites and our Lives, which is a report based on the findings of a survey on Americans' use of the internet conducted from October 20 to November 28, 2010 with a sample of 2,255 adults, age 18 and older who were contacted via both landline and cellular phones.  The research supports the commonly held view that Facebook is currently the dominant social networking option with some 750 million Read More …

Social Networking Users Double in 2 Years

 The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project recently released Social Networking Sites and our Lives, which is a report based on the findings of a survey on Americans' use of the internet conducted from October 20 to November 28, 2010 with a sample of 2,255 adults, age 18 and older who were contacted via both landline and cellular phones.  The research shows: "The number of those using social networking sites has nearly doubled since 2008 and the population of SNS users has Read More …

Being a Welcoming Church 2.0

Elizabeth Drescher is a religion writer and scholar of Christian spirituality.  She writes commentary on religion, culture, and social media for the online magazine, Religion Dispatches and multiple other journals.  Drescher's first book,  Tweet If You Love Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation, will be published later this year.   Currently she teaches in the undergraduate program in Religious Studies and the graduate program in Pastoral Ministry at Santa Clara University. Read More …

A Christian Way of Being Present in the Digital World

On January 24, Pope Benedict XVI shared his message  for World Communications Day: "Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age." Writing for the Associated Press, Nicole Winfield, noted, "The 83-year-old Benedict is no techno wizard: He writes longhand and has admitted to a certain lack of Internet savvy within the Vatican."  His speech and actions, including significantly enhancing the Holy See's online presence, are signs that while he may not personally be moving Read More …

Generation Differences in Online Activity

Over the last several years the question has shifted from whether or not specific groups use the internet to how they do.  Recent research done by the Pew Research Center provides incredible insight into the generational differences in online behavior.   The research is  based on data from telephone interviews  with 2,252 adults conducted  between April 29 and May 30, 2010.  The following chart provides a visual summary: So What? Consider yourself.  How well does your online activity match Read More …