GTS Digital Formation 2013-14: Webinars, Quick Tips, and Live Twitter Coverage of Lectures

DigitalFormationGTS Digital Formation, The General Theological Seminary’s initiative to help clergy and lay leaders throughout The Episcopal Church appreciate the theological foundations and effectiveness of social media and digital technology for gospel proclamation and ministry, is pleased to announce its 2013-14 program. Leading the program will be the Rev. Colin Chapman, GTS ’12, who will serve as Digital Missioner.

The program will include free webinars on various aspects of social media, “quick tip” videos posted on the GTS Digital Formation YouTube channel, and live Twitter coverage of the Seminary’s named lectures in 2013-14, especially those which address topics relating to the Church in the digital age.

Colin-Chapman1_high-rez_cropChapman co-founded GTS Digital Formation with the Rev. Joseph P. Peters-Mathews, GTS ’12. They have hosted webinars on such topics as QR Codes: In and Around the Church and Skype and Spiritual Direction, and created YouTube quick tips on, for example, setting up a church as a Foursquare location. They also created a splash at The Episcopal Church’s General Convention held in July 2012 with a booth featuring the Seminary’s state-of-the-art technology for connection-making. There, they made name-badge stickers with QR codes for convention delegates, displayed a live Twitter feed on an interactive whiteboard using The Episcopal Church’s #GC77 hashtag, and gathered people for conversation about the theological implications and formative aspects of social media and digital technology.

“Formation is a part of our name,” Chapman noted, “because we hope to address not just technology, but also how it can be used to shape Christian communities into the image of Christ.”

The 2013-14 program will bring viewers up to date on new technology and also link with the Church’s program year. For example, a webinar in October will address digital giving and its meaning for financial stewardship. A webinar in early December will present social media as a tool for hospitality during the holidays.

Here are the GTS Digital Formation 2013-14 offerings:

Digital Wisdom: Wednesday Quick Tips

Ten “quick tip” videos posted on the GTS Digital Formation YouTube channel on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning September 4, 2013.

Equipping Digital Saints: Thursday Webinars 

Six free, hour-long webinars on selected Thursday afternoons, 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time, examining both the technology and mission uses of social media and digital technology. The webinars will include opportunities for viewers to ask questions. For those who are not able to attend the webinars in real time, recordings will be posted soon after the first broadcast on the GTS Digital Formation YouTube channel.

September 19, 2013Getting Past Unknowing: What is the “Cloud”?

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October 17, 2013—Digital Giving & Financial Stewardship

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December 5, 2013Social Media, Hospitality & the Holiday Season

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January 16, 2014To All Nations: Five Ways to Get the Message Out

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February 13, 2014Go Forth: Mobile Apps for Ministry (iOS and Android).

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