Digital Media for Ministry Course

Last VTS digimin class

Students at Virginia Theological Seminary (and select continuing ed students: contact lte@vts.edu) are eligible to take RCL 524: Digital Media for Ministry, a 1.5-credit course designed to prepare future church leaders with culturally appropriate, digitally literate media skills.

Digital Media for Ministry will next be offered January 9-13, 2017 at Virginia Theological Seminary.

If you are interested in bringing Digital Media for Ministry to your seminary or other school for ministry as a short-term intensive or semester-length online course, please email cmt@vts.edu.

Links

Class hashtag: #vtsdigimin

Sample projects: Sunday Morning Digital Experience prototype, So this is how this works?! blog, baptismal reflection video

Spring 2015 syllabus: bit.ly/dmmOutline

Winter 2016 syllabus: bit.ly/RCL524

Course Description

Do you want to help churches communicate at least as effectively as marketers and entertainment companies? Do you want to meet and mobilize co-workers in the struggle for peace and justice? Do you enjoy writing and artistic expression and want to share faith stories in service of the gospel? Do you feel overwhelmed by the demands of digital communication and want help managing it more effectively in your own life and ministry?

If so, Digital Media for Ministry is the course for you. Whether you’re a tech neophyte or a digital native, this course will give you the resources you need to navigate the intersection between the world of faith and the “new public square.” Through it all, we will center ourselves in the knowledge that we are “sharing the good news in new ways” and in the strategic approach of considering “message, method, then media.”

The other things you need to know about this course? We’re going to have fun, and we’re going to take risks. The democratizing force of the Web lets us all “act like media companies,” and that means we’re sometimes serious and sometimes silly but always rejoicing in the opportunity to co-create with the Spirit (OK, most media companies wouldn’t say that last part).

Best practices are certainly emerging in the world of new media, but that doesn’t mean anyone has all the answers. We have to find them together. But you don’t have to take my word for it: “You know this is the Wild West. There’s a lot of things we have to figure out,” [says Harvard’s edX President Anant Agarwal]. “And you know if anybody says they know exactly what they’re doing, I think that would be a far cry from reality.”