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  • Youth ministry and social media: Self-worth in the age of social media

    Jul 16, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Dustin Hite, guest blogger | As I sit down to write this post, I am acutely aware of the influence social media has on my life. Out of the corner of my eye, I notice when a new notification arrives on my smartphone—whether from Instagram or Facebook, Twitter or Podio, my “online self” seemingly invades every moment of my existence.

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  • Youth ministry and social media: Reading scripture

    Jul 09, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Eric M. Augenstein, guest blogger | A year ago, the Catholic high school where I served as chaplain initiated a 1:1 program in which all students would be required to buy an iPad instead of conventional textbooks and thus integrate a variety of new technologies into the classroom. Such a program is becoming more common these days and, when implemented well, can transform teaching and learning in a positive way.

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  • Youth ministry and social media: Revival

    Jul 02, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Lerone A. Martin | Youth are vital in understanding how changing communication patterns revive, alter, and shift religion in America. Indeed, the religious practices of youth served as a catalyst of one of the most notable and chronicled shifts in Christian ministry: The Great Awakening.

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  • Youth ministry and social media: A process theology perspective

    Jun 25, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Monica A. Coleman | There are three generations living in my home: my mother, my partner and I, and our teenager and our infant. Conversations over dinner often reveal how much has changed over time. And what has not. One evening, my mother tells my teenager that she is becoming more adept in her usage of Facebook. The teenager rolls her eyes as she says that no one uses Facebook anymore.

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  • Youth ministry and social media: Leaving a congregation

    Jun 18, 2013 | New Media Project

    By Erica Schemper, guest blogger | When I left my first post-social-media call, where I'd served for nearly five years as the minister of children and youth, I was faced with tricky questions about how to handle my social media presence with soon-to-be former congregants. I crafted a responsible policy and explained it well to colleagues and congregation before I left.

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