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December 1, 2006

Being Missional About The Internet

Cynthia Ware over at The Digital Sanctuary has some good thoughts on being intentional about internet mission, “I’m wondering if Christians realize that the Internet is the broadcasting opportunity of our generation. Have I under- stated? Maybe I mean of all time. As a Christian in a postmodern culture, I‚Äôve got all the Good News […]

Cynthia Ware over at The Digital Sanctuary has some good thoughts on being intentional about internet mission,

“I’m wondering if Christians realize that the Internet is the broadcasting opportunity of our generation. Have I under- stated? Maybe I mean of all time.

As a Christian in a postmodern culture, I‚Äôve got all the Good News that‚Äôs fit to print, stream, podcast, vlog, etc. But am I? Am I pursuing the Internet as a medium with the passion due a mouthpiece that will one day be the instant information distributor for the whole planet…”

It’s worth pausing to consider how well we use this medium, as bloggers but also how well our churches use it. When I was training for ministry, we were actively encrouaged to not engage with the internet, to not have personal websites. Even church websites were considered a little suspect. Times have changed, many pastors are blogging, the majority of churches seem to have some web presence, but not all.

What I find interesting is that for all the emerging/missional blogging and chat that happens online, there isn’t that much conversation about approaching the internet missionally. I know some people approach online forums with an evangelistic mindset and some static sites try to present explanations of the faith. However, I can’t help but wonder if we could approach this in a more “third place,” everyday, conversational way.

[tags] Missional [/tags]

Responses
Matt Stone 16 years ago

My thoughts are, yes definately, but it will require a paradigm shift for many emerging church bloggers. For starters, less talk about church related spiritual issues and more talk about world related spiritual issues.

Down to nuts and blots, I’d really like to see the emerging church engage people on the subject of chi, prana, ki, etc, but also issues such as reincarnation (about a third of Australians profess some sort of openness to that)

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