Theology and Ethics of Digital Ministry
February 3 and 10, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM CST
Via Webcast | LIVE ONLINE
Understanding how technology aligns with your ministry’s purpose can be confusing—for you and your congregation. There are important questions, like who you can trust and which technologies are right. These questions deserve honest reflection and informed answers.
This course is designed to address those issues head-on. From analyzing pushback and creating a framework for addressing concerns, to selecting technologies that create meaningful connections, this work matters, and you don’t have to do it alone.
What You’ll Learn
- Theological foundations for convening Christian community in digital spaces
- Engagement around real issues like user privacy and the attention economy
- The debate around the ethics of doing ministry on major social media platforms
- How to create a roadmap for assembling, uplifting, and sustaining Christian communities in digital spaces that actively address these challenges
SHIFT MINISTRY MODELS
- Session 1: The Promise and the Peril: A Digital Ministry Dilemma
- Session 2: Building a Better Way: Techniques for Building Christian Communities That People Won’t Want to Leave
The Promise and the Peril: A Digital Ministry Dilemma
This first two-hour session is a chance to reexamine why we do digital ministry at all, as well as the challenges it presents and the problems it solves. We’ll also explore the attention economy, context collapse, and the tendency towards petty arguments in digital spaces. Finally, Luther’s ideas on being simultaneously sinner and saint will inform our deeper understanding of digital ministry.
Building a Better Way: Techniques for Building Christian Communities That People Won’t Want to Leave
By returning to our discussion of context collapse and the attention economy, we’ll learn the importance of contemplation, prayer, and scripture online. This will also serve as an opportunity to address how to keep digital communities centered on a shared purpose, and the role our stories take in shaping that intent. In the end, we’ll help you lay out the three practices for digital life together, and teach you how to implement each one.
Meet the Instructor
Ryan Panzer is the author of “Grace and Gigabytes: Being Church in a Tech-Shaped Culture” (Fortress Press, December 2020). Having worked for technology companies like Google and Zendesk while attending seminary and serving in ministry contexts, Ryan researches and writes about ministry in a digital age. As a coach and consultant, Ryan equips communities of faith to live into their mission by integrating digital technology in their ministry. He lives in Madison, WI. For more writings and resources, visit www.ryanpanzer.com.
How it Works
Join our host, Ryan Panzer, and an engaged learning cohort of faith leaders live and online!
Participate in two 120-minute webcast sessions
Join us February 3 and 10 (from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST) as we explore the theological questions and ethical dilemmas of digital ministry
Discuss your experience within a safe context
Throughout the course, breakout sessions will allow chances to discuss and apply what you’re learning with people asking the same questions as you.
Develop Meaningful Connections
Alinging your ministry’s use of technology with its stated purpose isn’t always easy, especially with competing concerns and expectations. That’s why it’s important to have people to turn to who understand the issues you’re facing. This course will allow you to build those relationships.
Get access to the full course for just $49
- Two live webcasts (four contact hours)
- On-demand replay of the entire course
- Experiments and assignments to try in context
- A safe space to connect, discuss, and share