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Becoming digital evangelists: The Episcopal Church seeks input

Becoming digital evangelists: The Episcopal Church seeks input

The Episcopal Church is exploring social media, evangelism and how to support and strengthen Episcopalians as “digital storytellers.” They’ve just published a survey to collect feedback – follow the link in the press release, from The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs, below:

Survey helps to equip and determine social media needs

The Task Force for Leveraging Social Media for Evangelism

[July 20, 2016] The General Convention Task Force for Leveraging Social Media for Evangelism has developed a short survey to determine steps needed to empower and equip Episcopalians in the use of all new media for evangelism.

The survey is here in English and here in Spanish.

Deadline is September 1.

From the Task Force: The Task Force for Leveraging Social Media for Evangelism is working to empower Episcopalians as evangelists and to equip members to share our faith using new digital tools.

This survey is designed to identify church-wide attitudes, concerns and hopes for using social media for evangelism. What you share here will help us to design materials to prepare a church full of digital storytellers!

From the Task Force: La fuerza de tarea para el aprovechamiento de los medios sociales para el evangelismo,  está trabajando para potenciar a los episcopales como evangelistas y  equipar los miembros para que compartan nuestra fe mediante las nuevas herramientas digitales

Esta encuesta está diseñada para identificar los niveles de toda la iglesia, las preocupaciones y esperanzas en el uso de los medios de comunicación social para la evangelización. Lo que compartes aquí nos ayudará a diseñar materiales para preparar una iglesia llena de narradores digitales!

General Convention Resolution A172 details the charge for the Task Force.

For more information contact the Rev. Sara Shisler Goff, Task Force Chair, at sara.shisler2@gmail.com.

The members of Task Force for Leveraging Social Media for Evangelism and their dioceses are: Walker Adams, West Missouri; Benjamin Cowgill, North Carolina; Randall Curtis, Arkansas; the Rev. Jacob Dell, New York; Bishop C. Andrew Doyle, Texas; Beth Felice, Missouri; the Rev. Edgar Giraldo, Litoral Ecuador; the Rev. Sara Shisler Goff, Chair, Maryland; Bishop W. Nicholas Knisely, Rhode Island; Dr. Julie Lytle, Massachusetts; Kori Pacyniak, Fort Worth; Holli Powell, Liaison to Executive Council, Lexington; the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Staff Liaison; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Ex Officio; President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, Ex Officio.

Image from blog post, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Monroe, Louisiana.

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Paul Woodrum

True, Lois, but degrees are one very important measure of competence. I'm thankful all my physicians have medical degrees, have interned, and are properly licensed. If we care so much about the care of the body, should we not care as much about the preparation of those to whom we entrust our spiritual formation and our soul?

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Lois

I love my church and would be honored to participate in social media evangelism. As to laity vs. honorarium, thank you Ann for the sentiment. Personally, I've encountered too many people using their titles as if part of a caste system. Doctorates and PhDs do not necessarily equal intelligence, not to mention compassion and honesty.

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Ann Fontaine

Too bad the laity don't get an honorific unless they are a Dr.

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David Allen

In Spanish, anyone with a degree in just about any field has an honorific; Licenciad@*, Maestr@, Doctor(a), Professor(a), Medico, Enfermer@, Arquitecto, Ingeniero, Abogado, etc.

*@ is how in modern times we generically denote words that have both a masculine "o" or feminine "a" ending.

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Paul Woodrum

Seems some experts on how the church might use and train people in social media would be more useful than yet one more survey and one more report to be filed and probably forgotten.

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