Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Pintrest. Snapchat. The list keeps growing.
The world around us keeps expanding the ways people can connect with one another and these connections offer us new opportunities and new challenges in ministry. We invite you to join us and three remarkable presenters in considering ways we can think theologically and connect digitally as we do ministry in 2016 and beyond.
We’ll open with a panel of ministers giving case studies on the impact of digital media on their ministry. Then we’ll explore the theological dimension of digital ministry, consider how to make choices about where to invest your time and look at the boundary issues that come along with this developing form of ministry. At the end, we’ll see in what ways participants would like to stay connected through what we are calling the Wisconsin Digital Ministry Project.
Joining us for the day will be:
Rev. Elizabeth Dilley from the UCC National Office. She is the Minister for Ministers in Local Church and has specialized in issues around social media and has helped the UCC develop guidelines for boundaries in the use of social media.
Rev. Nicole Havelka works with churches to connect vibrant faith formation to worship, leader development and more. She will help us think about doing digital ministry in a changing environment where there is a need to be constantly learning, and how you choose where to invest your time. In addition to being a coach/consultant, she is Minister for Resourcing, Networking & Creativity in the Ohio Conference UCC and she was a founding member of Extravagance UCC.
Nick Buck is the associate director of the New Media Project, which based at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Before earning his Master of Theological Studies he taught in both high school and adult education settings. He is currently editing a series of essays on sharing the Gospel and new media for the project and will help us think theologically about digital ministry.
The entire day will be interactive, drawing on your insights and experiences as well as those of the presenters.