Internet Ministry Online Education

There is a need for those being trained in ministry to understand the full potential of the Internet. In their open letter to colleges, the Internet Evangelism Coalition states:

We thank God that some ministries and missions are already ‘seizing the day’ and using the Web effectively for outreach. But unfortunately, these are the exception. Although there are vast numbers of Christian websites and blogs, the overwhelming majority are only for Christians. Church websites can be very off-putting to outsiders. The situation is even worse in non-English languages. Most cross-cultural mission agencies are not using the Web for evangelism. The opportunities to use this God-given tool are immense, but not yet being grasped.

We wonder if this is a gap that colleges like yours could be poised to fill. With your vision, experience and resources, you could help to shape and establish a web evangelism movement that will impact the world for years to come. This new medium also offers many opportunities for student placements, assignments and research projects.

This coming summer (2010), I will be offering an online course in Internet ministry in my role here as a professor at Biola University. This course is open to anyone currently enrolled at Biola as a graduate student. I would also like to make this course available to students at other seminaries and missions schools throughout the world. To that end, the following letter has gone out to faculty and administration at dozens of colleges. If you did not receive that letter and are interested in partnering with me, or if you would like to figure out a way to take the class, please read the letter and take the appropriate survey. Of course, you may also contact me directly!
My name is Dr. David Bourgeois and I am an Associate Professor at Biola University.  For the past three and a half years, I have been doing research on the use of the Internet by churches and ministries. Last spring, I taught a class here at Biola called “Internet Ministry”, in which I combined my research with reading, case studies, and hands-on work to help students understand the role in which these technologies play in ministry.  This coming summer, I hope to offer this course again, this time as an online course. I have put together a preliminary syllabus, which you can find by clicking here.

The reason I am writing this note to you is that I would like to open this course up to a few students who are part of programs at other schools. Specifically, I am looking for students who are already part of a graduate ministry/seminary program and would benefit from a course on the use of the Internet and social media for ministry. While I should be able to find some interested students right here at Biola, I am also hoping to make this course a resource for any student training for Christian ministry anywhere.

So what do I need from you right now? I would love to determine the interest level for this course from outside programs in order to gain support for what I am doing here at Biola.

If you would like to know more about me or my work (even if you are not interested in the course!), you can follow my blog Lessons From Babel, where I write about online ministry and provide research results and resources. There are links there for you to subscribe to it via RSS or email. You can also find my Lessons From Babel page on Facebook and become a fan! You can follow me on Twitter as well. And finally…there is good old email: dave.bourgeois@biola.edu.

Thanks for your time and may God bless the work you are doing in your own programs.

Dave

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