This foundational course provides students with a solid biblical and theological defense of digital ministry. Students will examine the biblical and theological concepts of the church gathered and scattered, the universal body of Christ, and consider a theology of networks for the digital age of the 21st century.
This course is the first in a series of courses addressing the practice of digital ministry. The initial course establishes the biblical and theological foundation of digital ministry by introducing students to critical concepts and issues of a biblical and theological nature pertaining to the practice of digital ministry utilizing various forms of available technology.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences designed to sharpen one another (Prov 27:17) as we engage with different topics relevant to online church ministry. The student is required to create a thread in response to the instructor provided prompt. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate book-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to two other classmates’ threads. Each of the two replies must be at least 200 words. In the replies, the student must offer his/her areas of agreement or disagreement in a positive and constructive manner. However, the student is strongly encouraged to establish a prolonged dialogue with one other student in the course as he/she converses about the significance of what he/she is reading. (CLOs: A, B, C)
Biblical-Theological Resources for Digital Ministry Assignment
Using a website provided, identify and locate three biblical-theological resources relevant to the practice of digital ministry. The final report should run between 3-4 pages. (CLOs: B, C)
Biblical-Theological Checklist for Digital Ministry Assignment
Using all required texts for the course, compile a 12-item biblical-theological checklist for digital ministry. (CLOs: B, C)
Assessing Digital Ministry Biblically and Theologically Assignment
Using the 12-point biblical-theological checklist the student created in Biblical-Theological Checklist for Digital Ministry Assignment, visit three digital ministry websites and conduct a biblical-theological evaluation of their ministry practice. (CLOs: B, C)
The student will take a final reflective learning quiz that encompasses the scope of the course and gives him/her an opportunity to identify significant learning moments throughout the course. This quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 1 essay question, and will have a 1-hour time limit. The quiz content should run between 2-3 pages. (CLOs: A, B, C)