Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Legal seminar, Christ Baptist Church, Muntinlupa, July 10

CBC under the leadership of Ptr. Joey Conui will host a whole-day meeting and fellowship for pastors and church workers from Region 4 and 5 on July 10, 2009. As part of the activities, I will give a legal lecture from 2 to 4 PM on issues relevant to pastors and churches (SEC registration, NSO guidelines for solemnizing officers, land titles, donations, essential provisions of the Family Code, etc).

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Invitation: Baptist church members involved in IT, website design, blogs, chat rooms, social networking, and other forms of Internet ministries

Greetings in the name of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

The Internet technology has contributed a big aspect not only in each individual life but in the ministry as well. It greatly improvised the way we communicate, the scope of sharing the gospel, the way we do business, and many others.

In this regard, I would like to invite all Baptist web developers, designers, and even ITs to be a part of this ministry.

Please inform others you know who are also in this field. We will be discussing particulars of this proposed organization. Basically, the purpose is to provide internet and IT technology to churches and organizations of like precious faith.

Tentative date of meeting is on July 10, 2009 around 5pm at Starbucks Gateway, Cubao. You may propose date/time/venue so we could have a consensus of everyone's availability.

Looking forward for a great ministry with you. I believe we can be a blessing through this talent and opportunity the Lord has given us.

In Christ,

Bro. Arman Serrana
Moriah Baptist Bible Church

Note: You can post your views, suggestions, etc regarding this proposed ministry by clicking "comments" below. (Atty. GTG)

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Suggested curriculum in Internet evangelism for Bible schools

From Internet Evangelism Day

The digital media are changing the world and the way we communicate. We therefore encourage colleges to consider offering modules or full courses about digital evangelism:

Open Letter to Colleges

We see huge potential for modules or longer courses, at varying depths. At a minimum, we suggest that all ministry students, whether for pastoral or missionary work, need to understand the nature of digital media, and how the world is moving from a ‘print communication culture’ through a ‘broadcast communication culture’ to a ‘digital communication culture’, where most of the ground-rules are different.

The topic suggestions listed below aim to encompass these inter-related subjects. Although it is possible to present a very brief introductory overview to many of them within a single seminar (as our free PowerPoint presentation does), it would of course take many hours to investigate even one topic area at any depth. (We hope that this site and its hundreds of outside links, and our book recommendations, would be helpful in any digital ministry course.)

Coverage of the whole subject could easily expand into a one-year subsidiary module, a college major, full MA, or a postgraduate course with research dissertation. (There is a big need for research into many areas of this new medium.)

Distance learning option

There is also great potential in offering these subjects by distance learning. Because digital evangelism is so new, and training opportunities currently so limited, a distance learning course allows teaching to be available to a far wider range of students, unrestricted by geography.

Visiting faculty

We offer a range of speakers who can contribute to college courses as lecturers, or by Skype or telephone conferencing.

Suggested curriculum areas
  1. The web as a medium

    • Demographics of web & mobile phone use
    • Previous communication cultures: print & broadcast
    • Characteristics of digital communication culture, including the move from abstract thinking & propositional truth towards story, visual & relational communication
    • Comparison with oral communication cultures
    • Understanding postmodernism, worldviews & relationship to digital culture
    • Strengths & weaknesses of digital communication
    • Avoiding perception & use of Web as ‘brochureware’
    • Linear v. non-linear & pull v. push mediums
    • Increasing significance of story in communication
    • Online dis-inhibition effect
    • Web 2.0 concept
    • Opportunities to minister online without technical knowledge
    • Personal safety & integrity online

  2. Communication online

    • Attractional v. incarnational witness; implications & equivalents in online evangelism
    • Importance of dialogue and relationship building, rather than one-way preaching
    • Understanding web usage by non-Christians
    • How to reach non-seekers - starting the process
    • Targeting affinity groups
    • The Bridge Strategy - being what people search for; view examples
    • Engaging with needs & life problems
    • Effective testimonies that engage with not-yet-Christians
    • Creative evangelism approaches
    • The Long Tail & implications for ministry
    • Avoiding Christian jargon & idiom, or presumption of previous Christian knowledge

  3. Popular culture

    • The significance of story
    • Strategic value of movies, books, music as a starting point
    • Embedded redemptive parallels in the media
    • Need for contextualization even in the West

  4. Spiritual journeys

    • How people become Christians: Engel Scale & Gray Matrix
    • Appropriate approaches for people at different levels on these scales
    • Role of relationships in conversion
    • Needs-based evangelism
    • Overcoming perceived hostility to evangelicals & the church
    • E-mentoring, relationships
    • Role of volunteer mentors for web outreach

  5. Churches and web ministry

    • Church websites: how to be outsider friendly
    • Using social networking to relate to the community as well as the fellowship
    • Integrating face-to-face and digital media in church ministry
    • Church-based digital evangelism teams

  6. Social networking

    • Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, chat rooms
    • Bulletin boards and contributory sites such as YahooAnswers/YouTube comment options
    • How to share faith on each to not-yet-Christians

  7. Blogging

    • How to start a blog
    • Platforms available
    • Creating blogs that interest non-Christians

  8. Mobile devices

    • Demographics and use
    • Downloadable books, bibles, video clips, MP3s, mini-presentations
    • Bluetooth & short-range broadcasting
    • Shortcodes and Mobile Tags to connect directly to websites
    • Mobile-friendly websites
    • Other technical innovations which can be used for ministry or outreach

  9. Video and podcasts

    • Use in evangelism & discipleship
    • Video clips on website and YouTube
    • Producing and editing short video clips
    • Potential of short animations
    • Audio podcasts

  10. Games

    • Gaming as a means of relationship-building
    • Second Life and other multi-user virtual environments
    • Games with an internal message

  11. The non-west majority world

    • Needs and opportunities in non-English languages and non-western countries and 10-40 Window
    • Importance of easy English for second-language speakers
    • Teaching English online
    • Value of informal networks of web evangelists, missions, radio ministry, literature and local churches in specific countries and regions
    • Comics, cartoons, Manga storytelling
    • Contextualization
    • Starting points based on indigenous culture
    • Understanding & communicating with other religious worldviews, shame cultures, & oral communication cultures
    • Mission agencies and web ministry
    • Distributing CDs & DVDs of books, bibles, audio & visual content
    • Designing sites for low bandwidth
    • Secure communications, followup, integration with mobiles or VOIP
    • Opportunities to teach IT
    • Creating community-based Internet cafes
    • Distance-learning options for discipleship & mentoring

  12. Writing skills

    • Understanding how people skim webpages and sites
    • Writing for the Web - journalism not preaching
    • Catchy headlines, subheads, white space; drawing the eye down the page
    • Revising & editing
    • Concept of website credibility

  13. Website design

    • CMS options
    • Site usability & navigational architecture
    • Site testing for usability & non-Christian perception
    • CSS

  14. Web promotion

    • Search engine optimization
    • Understand page titles & meta descriptions, link popularity etc
    • Other web promotion methods

  15. Research

    • Research methodologies
    • Online research
    • Dissertation writing
    • Identifying achievable research topics