"Help Me Figure Out This Technology Thing"

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Rev. Vajaah E. Parker

Web Strategist & Developer

The Web Development Group

Creative Missionary

Recap

Rev Dr. F. Doug Powe

"Serving the Present Age"

Congregational Context

Birth, Growth, Maturity, Dying, Death

Generational Context

  • Civil Rights (1921-1940)

  • Black Consciousness (1941-1960)

  • Integrationists (1961-1980)

  • Hip Hop (1981-2000)

Dr. Paula Matabane

"Wake Up Everybody: The Impact of Media Messages on the Images of African Americans"

Cultural consumption of media

 

Necessity to transition from consumption to creation

 

Accessibility of new media

"Technology Thing"

Technology can be leveraged to find inspiration as well as provide inspiration.

John 15

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

 

If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

 

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Technology

"technology includes all tools, machines, utensils, weapons, instruments, housing, clothing, communicating and transporting devices and the skills by which we produce and use them" 

@ Read Bain (1937)

 

 "a means to fulfill a human purpose"

@ Brian Arthur (2009)

 

"an activity that forms or changes culture"

@ Albert Borgmann (2006)

Printing Press

"Technology"

isn't new

We should never...

Invest in technology for the sake of technology.

Romans 10:14

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Branding

Church Websites

New & Social Media

Communication

Resources

Branding

A brand is MORE than a logo, tagline, type

and color guidelines.

 

Everything WE SAY and DO communicates our brand.

Branding

Church Websites

New & Social Media

Communication

Resources

Church Websites

Buy a domain name

Budget $500 - $3500

Mobile friendly

 

Make sure that every page includes Worship Service Times and Locations as well as pertinent contact information.

Branding

Church Websites

New & Social Media

Communication

Resources

New Media

means of mass communication using digital technologies such as the Internet.

Social Media

computer-mediated tools that allow people to create, share or exchange information, ideas, and pictures/videos in virtual communities and networks

  • Bradbury, Jen. "Sticky Faith: What Keeps Kids Connected to Church?" The Christian Century: Thinking Critically. Living Faithfully. 130.11 (2013):22-25
  • Detweiler, Craig. iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives. MI: Brazos Press, 2013.
  • Gardner, Howard and Katie Davis.  The App Generation.  How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.  
  • Johnston, Graham. Preaching to a Postmodern World: A Guide to Reaching Twenty-First-Century Listeners. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001. 
  • Kendall, Peggy. Rewired: Youth Ministry in an Age of IM and MySpace. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 2007. 
  • Kramsch, Claire J. Language and Culture. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2006.
  • Lillard, Kenneth. Social Media and Ministry: Sharing the Gospel in the Digital Age. Raleigh: Lulu Press, 2010. 2009.
  • Rainer, Thom S., and Sam S. Rainer. Essential Church? Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts. Nashville: B & H Publishing Group, 2008. 
  • Turkle, Sherry. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. New York: Basic, 2011.
  • Wiseman, Karyn L. I Refuse to Preach a Boring Sermon! Engaging the 21st Century Listener.publication place: Pilgrim Press, 2013.

Branding

Church Websites

New & Social Media

Communication

Resources

Endless Options

  • Email blasts
  • Video Conferencing
  • Conference Calls
  • Screen-sharing
  • Messaging Apps

Branding

Church Websites

New & Social Media

Communication

Resources

New Media (Stock Images & Video)

 

Design & Development Referrals

 

Q&A

Help Me Figure Out This Technology Thing

By Vajaah E. Parker

Help Me Figure Out This Technology Thing

Presented at the 2014 CED Winter Meeting Leadership Advance of the Christian Education Department of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

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