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  • Youth ministry and social media: Series introduction

    Jun 11, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Verity A. Jones | As churches are shifting to summer schedules and young people are packing up for camp, some who work with youth are settling in for a summer of planning for the coming program year. It may be time to overhaul the whole program or just retool a few approaches. It may be time to hire new staff or recruit new volunteers. Communicating with teens has been a perennial concern for youth ministries.

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  • Celebration and social media: Resources

    May 28, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Jim Rice | New media lends itself organically to the celebration of community. As people of faith find more and more of their life together mediated and abetted through digital channels, they’ll find themselves naturally engaging in their communal celebrations online as well as in person. The celebration of worship is enhanced and extended by our digital connections, as is the music that lifts our spirits and soothes our souls.

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  • Celebration and social media: Searching for beauty

    May 21, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Elizabeth Myer Boulton, guest blogger | Social media is ubiquitous. According to Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, “It is the very air we breathe.” And it’s true: we love scrolling through status updates, sharing over-exposed photographs on Instagram, re-Tweeting quotes, and perusing Pinterest for cute birthday cake ideas.

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  • Celebration and social media: Worship as celebratory conversation

    May 14, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Matthew Myer Boulton, guest blogger | Martin Luther famously defined Christian worship as an ongoing conversation with God. What he had in mind was this: In listening to biblical texts and the sermons that expound them, worshipers listen for God’s voice—and then, through our prayers and praise, we respond. Likewise, God listens to our prayers and praise, and responds in turn with the good news of the gospel.

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  • Celebration and social media: Creating and sharing music

    May 07, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Brenda Freije, guest blogger | We all know that music is an integral part of celebration. Most congregations include some form of song in their worship. We also know that social media has reshaped how music is marketed, packaged, and distributed. Read the laments of record companies, and you’ll understand how file sharing, streaming, YouTube, and a host of other social media developments have changed the recording business forever.

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