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Online Spirituality

17 March, 2004 5:19 PM

This Saturday I'm doing the opening session at a small conference on the Internet and Ministry which should be interesting. I've been surfing around the last few days trying to find information for it and have been pretty staggered by the reach and impact that the Net is having on our little planet, more specifically our nation here in Australia.

Despite Australia only having around 20 million people total population we have over 13 million net users (around 66%). There are only 10 or so countries ahead of us when it comes to total numbers of users and only two countries (Sweden and the US) who are ahead of us in terms of net usage per capita.

The world is changing and the Net is behind many of these changes just like the printing press brought about massive shifts in thinking and behavior centuries ago.

I'll be talking about how as Churches and as Christians we need to learn the languages and become part of the rhythms of the world we live in if we want to engage it. The web is an obvious 'language and/or rhythm' that we need to consider how we might connect.

Although I think there are pockets of the net where this stuff is happening (blogging is probably one) I wonder if the Church has seriously considered how it might engage with the surfer in fresh, new and creative ways.

I'm interested in others thoughts, examples where good stuff is happening, ideas and experiences of the web as a place that helps people in their spirituality.

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Woohoo..another opportunity to blatantly plug my website. The dream....? Internet Christian radio stations...for people stuck in their own niche of life......depressed.....addicted.......and the one I'm really keen to get going...struggling with gay attractions.....

Christians have taken the one-size fits all approach of Christian radio..and applied it to the internet......(with some success K-LOVE is one of the top listened to internet radio stations in the world).....but forgetting those of us who are the (potential) Christian misfits.

Cheers.

Lance.
XY netradio (yes...I did grow up listening to 3XY)
http://launch.yahoo.com/launchcast/station.asp?u=1221020853

Lance » 18 March, 2004 12:31 AM

Too true Darren - "I'll be talking about how as Churches and as Christians we need to learn the languages and become part of the rhythms of the world we live in if we want to engage it. The web is an obvious 'language and/or rhythm' that we need to consider how we might connect..." Nothing else to add, you're right. I hope your opening session goes well. A copy of your notes would be interesting.

Paul » 18 March, 2004 8:25 AM

Might as well give my site a plug too ;)

groupsthatclick.com is an online tool which I wrote initially to help youth leaders & youth groups easily develop and host their own web sites (without having to have any IT knowledge or html tools).

Users can then log in, enter details about their group, create pages, online polls, select a template, and that's it - they have their own web site! The site is dymanically generated, so pages or events can automatically add or remove themselves from the site at defined dates. And of course you can login from anywhere and update your site using just a browser!

I'm *hoping* to offer it for free (to church / youth groups / etc) for as long as I can afford to, but may introduce donations or get subsidises from businesses using it, etc.

Examples of some sites being run by it so far...
www.stateyouthgames.com
http://vic.youthvision.org.au
http://www.nccc.org.au
http://www.groupsthatclick.com/ringwood
http://www.cofcsjn.org.au
plus others!

Feel free to contact me if you're interested in (a) giving it a try, (b) can help me out by providing web site templates for others to use or (c) you're a php programmer who wants to use your gifts to help others in ministry :)

cheers
Andy

Andy » 18 March, 2004 8:56 AM

one of my favorites: sacred gateway. it's like an interactive prayer guide.

jenn d » 20 March, 2004 12:08 PM

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