Mass media in religion

DEVELOPING AND EVALUATING A BIBLICAL PARENTING RESOURCE IN MEDIA MINISTRY

Author
Steven Koster D.Min.
Abstract
Media ministry publishes gospel content on paper, on the air, and online, but few robust feedback systems are in place to measure the spiritual impact of gospel broadcasts. This study articulated a theoretical foundation of a biblical theology and review of pastoral practices on children and parenting, published a resource on biblical parenting for distribution through the Internet, and then asked the audience for feedback.

The resource was rooted in a study of how the Bible regards both children and the task of parenting. The study also explored models of faith formation, pastoral parenting best practices, and a review of the religious landscape of contemporary youth. A 93-page electronic booklet (PDF) called “A Handbook of Biblical Parenting” was developed and shared with over a thousand people online, who were then invited via email to complete an online questionnaire.

The response rate was less than 2%, yet the audience was demographically in line with the expected audience. Most respondents were actively parenting young children, expressed an improvement in their parenting confidence, and found the resource practical, using its ideas several times. Most considered faith important to their parenting and found the resource to be encouraging, biblical, and educational. Most consumed the PDF deeply, even though most used a handheld mobile device. A repeated use of this prototype process would require a greater response rate to be consistently useful. Formatting for a small screen would be wise. The questions would require adaptation for other topics. Alternatively, a shorter version of the questionnaire could focus the inquiry more directly on gathering actionable information.

Using Social Media Effectively in Minstry

Author
Robert A Peterson D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis is titled, "Using Social Media Effectively in Ministry." The researcher taught participants to introduce focus into their use of social media by applying the wisdom of Proverbs and making a correlation to social media. Participants helped form a set of guidelines to focus and inform their online behavior. Comments from participants were studied by the researcher and qualitative analysis was conducted in order to see if participants were affected in a positive way. The research demonstrates participants were affected in a positive way. Social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc has established a firm place in church life. According to a study conducted by the Barna group, Facebook usage by people in churches has jumped from just over half (57%) to a full seven in tne in the past two years.

A social media strategy to engage the unreached and unengaged people groups of the Arabian Peninsula and Levant Cluster of the North Africa and Middle East Affinity Group

Author
Ty P Grisham
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a social media strategy to engage the unreached and unengaged people groups of the Arabian Peninsula and Levant Cluster of the North Africa and Middle East Affinity Group of the International Mission Board. The project director explored the area of social media in order to discover the best approaches to engage unreached people groups through social media. Two professional goals assisted the project director to create the social media strategy. First, the project directer increased his knowledge of the unreached and unengaged peoples in the cluster. Second, the project director increased his social media technology skills. A small group of missionaries from the Arabian Peninsula & Levant Cluster gave assistance to the project director in formulating the strategy. The project director then presented the strategy to the Cluster Strategy Leader. The project director utilized expert evaluators to examine the project and professional goals.

Developing a plan to transition Time of Grace media ministry beyond the tenure of the ministry's original speaker

Author
Bruce H Becker
Abstract
One of the challenges facing a national Christian media ministry is how to transition beyond the tenure of the ministry's original speaker. The author of this project studied these challenges in order to develop a strategic plan for transitioning Time of Grace Ministry beyond the tenure of Pastor mark Jeske. The research design utilized data gathering from selected national Christian media. This project identified ten strategic insights that address both ministry transition and leadership succession. Conclusions are reached and a strategic planning process is outlined.

Media relations as a ministry

Author
Mary Jayne Ledgerwood
Abstract
As all of God's creation can be used for good or ill, such is the media. Clergy should and can embrace confidently the members of the media in order to enter into the reciprocity of a mutually beneficial relationship -- to spread the Word and to serve as a resource for the journalist. The Episcopal clergy with their communications staff in the Diocese of Maryland and the journalists at the Baltimore Sun interviewed by the author provide a model for how this relationship can begin and continue to thrive.

Reaching the unchurched: providing worship for believers who listen to Christian radio for their church experience

Author
Terry L Johnsson
Abstract
The author developed and designed a weekly gathering of Christians with the purpose of creating personal fellowship for people who listen to the radio for their church experience. The goal was to create a gateway for radio listeners to reconnect with a Christian church community. The model was based on Paul's passion and method of reaching out to the Gentiles. The author conducted a one-year church service as his study method for this project. He concluded that a service that reaches out to the Christian unchurched radio listeners is vital and achievable.

Media: prevenience, justification, and sanctification: introducing and using technology as a means of grace in the life and ministry of the church

Author
Bob Bartram
Abstract
The context of this project is small rural churches in the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The problem that the project addresses is the challenge of introducing and using media in the life and ministry of all churches, regardless of the demographics of the congregation in relation to size, age or even financial status. The objective of the project is to show media as a means of grace to be used in the life of all churches, to give examples of its use, and to make the medium holy. When the technology of media is introduced (prevenience), explained and exemplified (justification), enabling all persons to find value in its use to proclaim the gospel, making it holy in the eyes of the local congregation (sanctification), another means of grace is recognized in the 21st century church's mission efforts. The project used a series of sessions in a workshop setting to introduce, instruct, and evaluate the use of media in the church life.

Transforming the small church through the arts: in worship, education and spiritual formation

Author
David G McAllister
Abstract
The author explored the ways in which the arts can have a transformative effect on a small church. A wide range of artistic media was introduced into the worship, education and spiritual formation activities of the Gateway Christian Church, of Los Angeles, California. These media included the visual arts, drama, photography and multimedia presentations. The impact of the arts was evaluated through questionnaires, personal interviews and direct observations. Spiritual formation, as measured by increased hospitality and inclusiveness, was positively impacted by the project. The average worship attendance increased by thirty-one percent during the period of the project.

LifeChurch.tv: a case study of effective on-site leadership in a global multi-site church movement

Author
Brian L Kruckenberg
Abstract
The author addresses the challenges a pastor faces when leading a local church in a multi-site church movement. A case study of LifeChurch.tv was the basis of the author's qualitative research design. The author discovered the importance of preaching and proximity to the broadcast campus, meaning these two factors are critical to the campus pastor's effectiveness as a spiritual leader on his local campus. The author researched middle management and found numerous similarities between middle managers and campus pastors.

Television & commercial production & the effect it has on preaching

Author
Jonathan Phillip Hamm
Abstract
This thesis-project is an attempt to give preachers an overview of the communication techniques used by television and commercial producers. To achieve this goal, the first chapter describes the problem. The second chapter is a biblical and theological defense for using modern communication techniques to deliver the ancient stories of scripture. The third chapter reveals some of the common techniques professionals use when making television shows and commercials, and the relevancy of using such information in sermons. The fourth chapter contains a lesson plan and handouts used to teach preachers the information contained in chapter three. The thesis ends with the presentation of conclusions drawn while teaching the lesson, as well as remarks of the students to whom it was taught.
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