Introducing The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World
I'm sure you've noticed that things have been pretty slow here on my blog of late. The reason is that I'm working on a new book: The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World, to be published by Church Publishing, the publishing house of The Episcopal Church. (Yes, they let Lutherans write for them too.)
I'm really excited about this project. It builds on many of the ideas I've been writing, blogging, and speaking about—and experiencing in my ministry—over last few years. It builds on ideas Elizabeth Drescher and I introduced in Click2Save: The Digital Minsitry Bible, but goes beyond the basics of how to use social media, and explores the character of ministry leadership that is required today in our digitally-integrated world.
The Digital Cathedral is intended to evoke an expansive understanding of church in a digitally-integrated world, one that extends ministry into digital and local gathering spaces, recognizes the holy in our everyday lives, and embodies a networked, relational, and incarnational ministry leadership for a digital age.
My research and writing are well underway and there will be much more to share in the weeks and months to come, but in the meatime, I invite you to check out a series of blog posts I've written for the New Media Project on The Digital Cathedral. These posts should give you a sense of the project and some of the key ideas and images I'm employing. I hope you'll check them out and let me know what you think.
- The Digital Cathedral: networked ministry in a wireless world
- The Digital Cathedral: Doctor Who as model for digitally-integrated ministry?
- The Digital Cathedral: Coffeehouses as sacred media? Pubs as sacred space?
- The Digital Cathedral: Visual and immersive faith formation
- The Digital Cathedral: Shifting from Institutions to Networks
Also, I've set up a Facebook page as a place for kicking around these ideas and sharing quotes, images, and resources. I've also set up a Twitter account: @thedigcathedral. I hope you'll connect with me there.
Finally, thanks for your ongoing support for my work. It means more to me than you know. And thanks for joining me on this new adventure!
photo: Canterbury Cathedral; credit: David Merrett