Just a brief status update on my forthcoming book The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World (Morehouse, 2015).
- The cover is out! I'm so happy with the cover for The Digital Cathedral and grateful to my editor Nancy Bryan and the team at Church Publishing for putting together such a great concept. I love the way it combines the digital icon of the wi-fi signal and the classic look of stained glass—one of the defining characteristics of cathedrals. I also love the clean white Apple aesthetic with the small i's in the title.
- I'm also grateful to Elizabeth Drescher, my friend and co-author on Click2Save: The Digital Ministry Bible (Morehouse, 2012) for writing the foreward.
- The Digital Cathedral is available for pre-order here through the Church Publishing Website via Cokesbury. The book will be published in April 2015.
Here's the working description:
Rapid cultural and technological changes through the last two decades have changed the context for ministry. The development of digital social media and advances in affordable, mobile technologies have dramatically changed the way most people interact with others, communicate, organize, and participate in communities.
The Digital Cathedral is a warm embrace of the rich traditions of Christianity, especially the recovery of the premodern sense of cathedral, which encompassed the depth and breadth of daily life within the physical and imaginative landscape of the church. It is for anyone who seeks to effectively minister in a digitally-integrated world, and who wishes to embody the networked, relational, and incarnational characteristics of that ministry. For lay and professional ministry leaders, congregations, judicatories, and partner organizations.
This last month of book writing has been a combination of creating new chapter content and editing my early drafts. The highlights of the project this summer have been my visits to two great cathedrals. In July, I toured Washington National Cathedral in D.C. with my mom and stepdad. My mom and I had travelled to Washington National in a field trip for my confirmation class around twenty-five years ago. It was great to reconnect with that experience and explore the cathedral in the behind the scenes tour. In August I toured the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (and the Hungarian Pastry Shop) in Manhattan. Both visits provided rich material and experiences for the book, which you'll read all about.
Look for more information and details about The Digital Cathedral in the months to come. Thanks for all your support for the project!