The Church and Online Media 2

Just an update from my post last month. The first day of this course unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the snow. We therefore have the first course coming up this Saturday. I was disappointed (of course) but I have acquired new books and resources since then, and I’ve been able to have some good conversations with those interested, but confused by social media, and so now I think I have a better understanding of what some of the ghoulies which surround this topic for some of the older generations. Its a different way of thinking, which I think is going to be difficult to get across to some people, but I enjoy a challenge. The bottom line from my point of view is that if the church stand any chance of reaching the younger generations we need to keep up (if we can’t be ahead) of the language and means of communication. The church was so quick to acknowledge the great opportunity and advantage that came with the printing press, but we have been so slow with digital communication. So I am determined to bang this drum and bring people along side with me bring the church into the 21st century and to use the tools readably available for the spreading of the gospel to our current and future generations, for the sake of the Kingdom, for the sake of Christ.

Oh, and as a p.s. an extra date has been added so there will be a course on the 2nd March.

The Church and Online Media

It’s been my day off today, so I have spent it doing most of the writing for the Church and Online Media training days. I still prefer the old title for it ‘Sacred Social Networking’, but at least it’s happening. I think it is about time the Church in Wales got to grips with online and social media! Our societies and communities are moving so fast, if we do not do something soon, we will match our stereotype in being backwards and old fashioned.

I spend a good part of lunchtime working my way through the Church in Wales Social Media Policy. A 13 page document which can be summed up by using the last page. It was interesting to see how media has moved on so fast since this document was written.

I am really looking forward to these days and just hope they are well attended. We need more churches and more good priest online and sharing the gospel to the ‘missing’ generations.

Links below to the forms that were sent around the clergy (and hopefully passed onto the congregations)

The Church and Online Media

Yr Eglwys a Chyfryngau Ar-lein