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Sister Meribeth February 14, 2011 at 7:16 am

AMEN! This happens all too often. There are definitely different skills involved. I like your observation that “it is easier for someone with ministry expertise to learn Internet and social media skills than it is for someone who knows technology to learn ministry.”

Sr. Loretta Pastva February 14, 2011 at 9:11 am

An interesting thought. Encouraging to us immigrants…. Gives me “ideas” for when I finish my present ministry….

Sr.Maureen February 14, 2011 at 9:19 am

Interesting way to look at ministry vs use of technology. What you have shared is something to reflect upon. Thanks for the insight, Susan.

Fr. Bob Dueweke osa February 14, 2011 at 11:59 am

As a “digital immigrant,” I can see how easy it would be to abandon the ministry on those who ought to be mentored. Your reflections are very important to keep in mind. For many of us, we need a “metanoia” — a paradigm shift — toward Internet ministry, and then reorder our priorities and give time to learning the tools to do the ministry.

Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF February 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Susan, What a wonderful reflection! For those who are interested, today the folks with Instructional Design background — sometimes called Educational Technology – or as our librarians are realizing that they are Media Specialists at every level possible – are very important to how we engage with technology today in ministry. These are the folks who often understand how to design and use online learning experiences for others, or who have kept up with what are known as the National Educational Technology Standards (NETs) developed by the International Society for Technology and Education (ISTE), and more! They understand that you have to have the infrastructure to really use the tools effectively and efficiently as well as to train others in a variety of ways to integrate these tools into their ministry. This is why INTERACTIVE CONNECTIONS is important today. We are about training and developing the minister in using new media in ministry.

Paul Jarzembowski February 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Sometimes due to ignorance, and other times out of fear, a number of church leaders have ignored this growing area of virtual ministry (digital ministry, internet ministry, or whatever you want to call it). So within the Church itself, we have divided ourselves three ways: digital natives, digital immigrants, and digital avoiders (for lack of a better term).

Immigrants and natives get it, at least. They understand that technology is not something to be avoided. And ideally, there can be a mutual learning that takes place between them – and together they can work at outreaching to those digital avoiders. Just some thoughts…

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