Digital Ministry? Online Church? Hybrid Worship?
These aren't just bandaids we've put on over the past two years. These are new muscles that we are stretching and strengthening now and for the future.
What does it mean for you to take seriously this sacred work of digital ministry? What does it mean to be a Digital Minister?
Join Rev. Jim Keat, the Digital Minister at The Riverside Church, for this four week cohort where we will explore an introduction to digital ministry and leave you better equipped to be a Digital Minister in your context.
Session 1: The why behind the what
The temptation is often to start with what, hoping to pick the perfect online platform or software or equipment. But before we ask "what?" we must start with "why?". In this session we will explore a theological and philosophical framework that can help inform all the work you do as a Digital Minister.
Session 2: All the things?
Have you tweeted something provocative today? Is your latest TikTok video hitting the hottest trends? Are your YouTube videos optimized with keywords and a robust description? We're all still using Snapchat, right? And is Clubhouse still a thing? Maybe we should livestream this on Twitch. Or Facebook Live? But all the kids are on Instagram now, aren't they?
In this session we will explore all the things and help you discern what things you should be spending your time with and walk through the basics of the most commonly used (and fastest growing) online platforms.
Session 3: Creation, Curation, and Contextualization
How do you create original online content? And why should you spend more time curating content that already exists? And most importantly, what does it mean to create, curate, and repurpose content for specific online contexts as well as the context of your online community? That's what we'll explore in this session. Buckle up, it's going to be good!
Session 4: The future of Digital Ministry
What is the future of Digital Ministry and Online Church? How do we do all these new things without burning out? This session dives in to the big questions and comes out with some practical and necessary answers. Lace up your running shoes because we're going for the full marathon and not just a sprint.
This cohort is intended to be an introduction to Digital Ministry. All are welcome to join but we will intentionally be focusing on an introductory level. We will offer a more advanced Digital Ministry cohort this summer.