Welcome to the website for my book, Ministry in the Digital Age. This book is the result of several years of research, teaching, and consulting and I am so excited to share my experiences with you. The book will be available from InterVarsity Press beginning in May, 2013.
You can get a preview of my book right now by reading the introduction (see Table of Contents below). You can also get a flavor of what I write about by reading some of my blog entries.
About the book
Viral videos and retweeted posts fill the air around us. In the midst of constant news feeds and mobile alerts, ministries have unprecedented opportunities to connect with people yearning for community with others and God.
But how? In this post-website world, it’s no longer enough to have a static website and hope that people find it. If you want to get your online content in front of your audience, you need to have a digital presence in the streams where they’re already active.
David Bourgeois offers a practical step-by-step guide for discerning and implementing a digital strategy for your ministry. He provides an overview of how Christians can use technology and communication media wisely, with concrete ideas for churches and nonprofit organizations. Discover how you can make the most of every opportunity to extend your ministry’s electronic reach and impact.
The book covers several topics, from a history of how the Church has used technology, a discussion of our “post-website world”, to how to create a digital ministry strategy. Below is the table of contents for the book, with three of the chapters available for your preview right now (look for the preview icon )!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Chapter 1: What Hath God Wrought?
- Chapter 2: Getting in the Stream
- Chapter 3: Creating Change
- Chapter 4: The Digital Ministry Framework
- Chapter 5: Planning Your Digital Strategy
- Chapter 6: Implementing and Running Your Digital
- Chapter 7: Privacy and Security Considerations for Digital Ministry
- Appendix A: Digital Tool Categories
- Appendix B: Research Report: Best Practices in Internet Ministry
- Appendix C: Church Web Usage Survey
What others are saying
“Although the Internet has been with us for nearly 20 years, there are surprisingly few books explaining how to use it for ministry and evangelism. And titles published even a few years ago may now be out of date. In fact, considerable collective experience and wisdom about this area does exist, but online–piecemeal across thousands of blogs, webpages or recorded conference sessions. Many ministries waste time and money attempting to integrate the Internet into their work without understanding the nature of this new medium or being aware of evidence-based best practices. There is a big need for an integrated overview–and here it is. In this book, Dr. Bourgeois offers a framework of collated understanding that will help any ministry team.”
—Tony Whittaker, InternetEvangelismDay.com
“Ministry in the Digital Age is a timely and practical playbook every nonprofit leader must read. You’ll find the critical ‘what you need to knownow‘ for establishing a digital footprint in this post-website world. Bourgeois elegantly frames the landscape, develops a case for urgency, and illustrates how the right strategy amplifies kingdom impact. Read this book and you’ll understand, be inspired and be ready to accept your digital responsibility to reach the ends of the earth for Jesus Christ!”
—Tami Heim, president and CEO, Christian Leadership Alliance, coauthor,@stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online
“Ministries come to Five Q to be successful on the Web. Often the missing ingredient isn’t technical skill or design chops. What is lacking is a clear definition of success and a thoughtful strategy to achieve effective online ministry. Ministry in the Digital Age clearly reveals how people, processes and technology must work in concert to be successful. With helpful insights and penetrating questions, Dr. Bourgeois provides a framework that anyone involved with digital ministry can apply for creating a strategy that will result in kingdom growth. I highly recommend Ministry in the Digital Age to any ministry seeking to lay a strong foundation for a growing ministry in the digital age.”
—Chad Williams, CEO, Five Q Communications