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Fostering Faith in a Digital Age - Wrap Up

social mediaA blog post by Terri Elton

Image Credit: Social Media Apps by Jason Howie on Flickr

As we come to the end of our month thinking about this command and wrestling with what this question means for our leadership and ministry, let me pause and reflect on seven learnings.

1. It’s ok to feel incompetent! We live in a time when we are moving off the map, away from the territory many of us knew and into uncharted waters. It’s ok to be disoriented. But it’s not ok to let that

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Living into Possibilities

A blog post by Suzie Porter

Image Credit: Failure is not final by Live Life Happy on Flickr

My New Year’s resolution for this year is to fail. Here we are, a few weeks into a new year, and I am sporting my first ever stitches. It’s not exactly the failure I was going for when I made this resolution.

It may sound rather bleak. Truth be told, I have no desire to have a year full of failures as I look back on 2014 next December. When I made this resolution, I was thinking of the year ahead

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Digital Tools and Connection

A blog post by Kelsey Battleson

Image Credit: iPad & Friends by Yutaka Tsutano on Flickr

Every morning my commute to work is an hour on average, and within five minutes of my drive, I pass a billboard that every day for two months now has hijacked my train of thought as I finish my commute. On an eye-catching purple background, a clever advertising slogan for Roku is printed: “Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa. We all worship TV.”

If you haven’t used one yet, a Roku is a small

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Thinking Through Media Use

A blog post by Jessica Thielke 

Image Credit: iPhone iPhone iPhone by Braden Kowitz on Flickr

I recently finished a class at Luther Seminary about the uses of media and ministry. How can we most effectively use media? Can we use it to build community? If so, how? How can we embrace the digital age we find ourselves in?

I don’t have the answers to any of these questions…I have ponderings, and perhaps a few tricks up my sleeve to take back to my current congregation, but definitely

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Breaking News...

TwitterA blog post by Terri Elton

...students Tweeting in class at the request of the teacher!

Today might have been a first at Luther Seminary. Instead of discouraging social media in class, Terri Elton and Nancy Lee Gauche encouraged it. Today, as Nancy Lee Gauche lead a discussion with the theme “yourself as leader,” Terri Elton and a few other students posted what they learned, questions, and comments live on Twitter. It was fun, and we even had a few outside voices join in. Here’s

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Social Media: Why one youth director chooses to embrace it

facebookA blog post by Sarah Bane

My relationship with Facebook has been contentious throughout the years. I can still remember when Facebook made its debut on my college campus, and I intentionally made the decision that I was not going to get sucked in. Witnessing countless friends become slaves to their virtual communities, I wanted no part in their Facebook.

In the summer of 2006, a camp coworker sent me an email request to join Facebook. The only thing stopping me from having an account created was

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