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Looking for Online Christian Resources

17 July, 2006 11:01 AM

I'm running a seminar on 'Internet: Mission and Ministry - Online Mission Possibilities' in a couple of weeks for my local denomination's 'Rev Up'.

I'm looking forward to sharing a little more about blogging and online ministry (as I see it) and hopefully generating some discussion on the topic to hear what others are doing and have seen.

As part of the session I'd love to feature a list of creative online ministries, sites and resources that are examples of what people are doing around the world. I already have some but would be interested to hear other people's suggestions.

I'm particularly looking for examples of how people are using sites for:

1. Mission (the outer journey) - actual web evangelism and online justice projects
2. Community building (the together journey) - sites that attempt to build community between Christians (either within churches or wider fellowship)
3. Worship and Prayer (the inner journey) - sites that are about helping people to grow closer to God (ie the focus is spiritual formation).

For those of you unfamiliar with the 'inner, outer and together journeys' - they refer to LivingRoom's core values and I'm attempting to find examples of people, churches and groups of Christians who are exploring how each can be done via the web. They need not be 'emerging church' type resources - I guess rather than pushing one approach to faith or theology I want to use this list simply as a showcase of the types of things people are doing.

If you have any ideas I'd love to hear them either in comments below or via email (from my contact form).

Comments

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I highly reccomend http://www.sermonindex.net as an example for going on the inner journey. It's very traditional, and has a big focus on revival. Run by one person at bible college, it gets enourmous traffic and a lot of people on there rave about how they have benifited spiritually... :)

Coops » 17 July, 2006 7:09 PM

Hi, I like the way the barefootdoctor (www.barefootdoctorworld.com) reaches out via self-development and buddhism, and inspired by that, sometime ago I started using self-development and christianity (emerging-kind) and now have a face-to-face ministry in London/UK, global via the 'net (using skype etc). And just recently I have added a 'virtual' ministry via www.secondlife.com (where u can buy/sell land, create houses and stock them with furniture and interact, move your 'avatar' about and chat with people there - a new, innovative ministry in a virtual land! Lots of room for other believers there! Yours, Brother Tadhg

Brother Tadhg » 18 July, 2006 4:04 AM

COMMUNITY BUILDING: http://emergingleadersnetwork.org is a community of friendship, exploration and theological conversation among people interested in emerging churches and faith communities.

We support one another by sharing stories, experiences, resources, hopes, dreams, and prayers. ELN connects people who are curious about and committed to sharing principles, practices, and imagination as we explore what it means to live a life of faith in the 21st century in the cultures of our towns, neighborhoods, cities, and countries.

It's ripped off the about page, but I spend a lot of time writing it, and it's the best description I can come up with. =)

dydimustk » 18 July, 2006 6:33 AM

Darren, I find that participation in interfaith dialogue forums is particularly valueable for the outward journey.

Many of these forums are equivalent to what Mike and Alan refer to in Shaping of Things To Come as 'proximity spaces', only here they are online. I have a particular Christian-Pagan dialogue forum which I participate in regularly during the week plus a few others I participate in more sporadically.

I often blog at http://mattstone.blogs.com on issues that have been provoked by these discussions and find that the authenticity the forums brings to my musing on alternate spiritualities attracts many non-Christians to the blog, some of whom engage in public dialogue, others who perfer to approach more privately.

The blog also helps nurture community amongst others interested in post-modern apologetics amongst devotees of alternate spiritualities.

Matt Stone » 19 July, 2006 12:50 AM

Darren -- Great to see you doing this. I've got a few different resources listed over at e-vangelism.com. You're welcome to them!

AC

Andrew » 25 July, 2006 10:32 PM

Hi

Interesting division of blog categories! My experience is that VERY few Christians are blogging about anything in a way that would be accessible or appropriate for not yet believers. I've written a page on this:
blooging for outreach.

The approach of just sharing your life transparently seems to be the one that works best, and one which is biblical, emergent, and practical.

THere's also other resources on our site, including PowerPoint and video clips, should these be appropriate for you.

Blessings

Tony

Tony Whittaker » 26 July, 2006 5:44 AM

I would suggest my Web site at http://www.shamar.org/ It contains many articles, links, and it has a blog.

Lee Underwood » 28 July, 2006 12:53 PM

A site in Perth that has been running for 12 Weeks. We gather to worship God with our voices and hearts.

www.worshipgathering.net

Rod Sutton » 29 July, 2006 2:19 AM

I run a site called Relevant Message. I also comment on a few articles over at ProBlogger. I am in the process of developing my site to be more along those lines, but really haven't hit my stride yet. Granted, it's new but feel free to check it out at www.relevantmessage.org
In Christ,
~William

William » 2 August, 2006 2:23 AM

I am always looking for good Christian resources online. If you don't know about it already, Tastyfresh is an awesome Christian dance website that has great articles and a really good forum. I have met alot of great people on that site. You can check out a post about it on my blog at
http://www.dipnoi.org/category/music/

Scott Howard » 4 August, 2006 5:59 AM

I'm not sure If I am too late to the resource pool. Check out yibelieve.com it asks an important question to Christians which is very important to people who do not know Jesus. It is one thing to say who you believe in but another to say why. It has been great fun to work on and see the way it is influencing Christians and non Christians alike. It is graduarly growing and somtimes dificault to get people to contribute (they must be camera shy) but well worth the investment of time in the long run.

BTW I really enjoy reading problogger, it is an excellent resource.

Dan » 7 August, 2006 2:39 AM

So Darren, how did it go?

Frank Johnson » 8 August, 2006 5:40 AM

Hey Darren,

Someone suggested I send you my page, www.dearchurch.com, which builds community--in some sense--between Christians who are disillusioned with church (with the hopes of moving them beyond frustrations).

Sounds like an interesting seminar. Wish I could be there. :)

Sarah

Sarah » 27 August, 2006 10:34 AM

and a plug for Simple Gestures at www.simplegestures.org

Carl McLendon » 4 September, 2006 9:27 AM

A unique idea (www.fillingtheneed.com). It links the physical and spiritual needs of the local community with the Christian community, Provides online discussion forums for individual churches, and gives members the ability to submit content to be published on the site. We all experience difficult times in our lives and finding help is often difficult.

An example...
After Katrina, we had 10,000+ displaced individuals and families in our community. Everywhere I turned, people where saying, I would like to help but do not know who needs the help.

Christian » 8 September, 2006 10:53 PM

Darren: Well, I have been in and out of paid ministry a few times now. So, never say never! I appreciate your insights, etc., and am very much on the same page in terms of needing to radically rethink church. We need another post, don't we?

churchpundit » 12 September, 2006 7:47 AM

I think that http://www.sermonjams.com would be something great to show at your seminar. The founder of this site takes sermons by various pastors and mixes them with a background beat to create edifying and entertaining "music-sermons". His site is definately on the missions side of things, and it's also a good place to go to find more examples for your seminar because he has a pretty good list of other Christian missions websites.

W. E. Messamore » 27 September, 2006 7:32 AM

I think that http://www.sermonjams.com would be something great to show at your seminar. The founder of this site takes sermons by various pastors and mixes them with a background beat to create edifying and entertaining "music-sermons". His site is definately on the missions side of things, and it's also a good place to go to find more examples for your seminar because he has a pretty good list of other Christian missions websites.

W. E. Messamore » 27 September, 2006 7:32 AM

Hey Darren,

http://immerseworship.blogspot.com

Here's a site that gives tips on community worship experiences (including activities, prayers, food, vibe, music, poetry, etc) that have worked for our community at Eastern Hills Community Church (Croydon, Victoria). It's linked to other related blogs re: individual & communal prayers, articles, art,. justice, etc. We have lots of artists, muso's, writers, etc - so we're very much into the creative as musch as possible! It' only just started, is very indigenous to us - if someone is keen to use these resources - let us know how it went!

Kamahl » 16 October, 2006 10:09 AM

www.faith-stories.blogspot.com is a new group project. The idea is for people to submit inspirational stories about how faith has changed them. To some degree I think this project touches on everything you mentioned--evangelism, community-building, and worship. We hope that people will gain spiritual nourishment from reading about the faith experiences of others.

Brad Shorr » 26 October, 2006 12:11 AM

www.faith-stories.blogspot.com is a new group project. The idea is for people to submit inspirational stories about how faith has changed them. To some degree I think this project touches on everything you mentioned--evangelism, community-building, and worship. We hope that people will gain spiritual nourishment from reading about the faith experiences of others.

Brad Shorr » 26 October, 2006 12:12 AM

ACWM - Australian Centre for Worldwide Missions

The Australian Centre for Worldwide Missions aims to be the Australian hub for World Missions. We aim to be the central directory where you will find overseas Missions Trips, Aid Work, and Job opportunities.

All Organisations on the ACWM website offering Missions Trips are Australian-based. We are in the first few stages of launching ACWM, and are expanding our list of Organisations and their Missions Trips.

Scott » 30 November, 2006 3:28 PM

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