Digital Discipleship

This section contains information about some of the new media opportunities and online/mobile applications available to those who wish to engage in creative ways with the Bible.

There’s a multitude of opportunities to engage in the online world, so where to start. Start with experimenting… and we’ll give you plenty of reviews of opportunities that we’ve found. We’d welcome guest reviews (in a variety of formats, e.g. audio, video, text, photo) – how have you been able to use the internet to engage in different ways with the Bible, what apps have kept you going on the move, which have made you think more deeply, and which you would encourage or challenge for their theological basis.

#DigiDisciples

We are starting to collect names of those who would be prepared to blog on a regular basis (you can define what ‘regular’ means, but we’re anticipating monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, bi-annually etc) for BigBible (so needs to relate to what we blog about – positive stories/actions re faith & the digital world; how the digital impacts your Christian living), and will put out a call for participants shortly, but please do feel free to email bex.lewis[at]durham.ac.uk if you’re interested, or tweet with hashtag #digidisciple, and I will start to plan the calendar! Blogs can be audio/visual/text, and a topic can be covered more than once, as likely to be from different perspective. We’re all for authenticity here, so blog about what you’re already involved in! Here’s a list of those who have already said yes (listed by surname):

  • A K M Adam (@akma), singing God’s song in a digital world, frequency to be agreed
  • Kevin Bennett (@kevinleebennett), bi-monthly, from the perspective of a small group leader
  • Paul Blakey (Christian Nightlife Initiatives), deciding focus/frequency
  • Jonathan Blundell (@jdblundell), about to start blogging monthly on “How technology helps us share and live out the Kingdom in the world around us”
  • Jon ‘JB’ Butler (@jonwitout), about to start blogging bi-monthly on
  • Father David Cloake (@frdavidcloake), about to start blogging monthly on accessibility and infectiousness of the Gospel
  • Sally Coleman (@sallysjourney), about to start blogging bi-monthly on theological reflection in a digital age, digital media as a tool for reflection
  • Rev Joanne Cox (@revjoannecox), frequency/focus to be decided
  • Share Creative (@sharecreative), will blog bi-annually
  • Simon Douglas (@sadbuttrue), about to start blogging on the digital divide, and positive steps we can take to minimise it, testing monthly
  • Anna Drew (@annamdrew), bi-monthly, from July.
  • George Elerick (@travelersnote), deciding focus/how often
  • Andy Frost (@andythefrosty), deciding focus/how often
  • Ali Gledhill (@aligledhill), a monthly piece on Internet innovations and how Christians can use them in discipleship, church and outreach.
  • The Rev’d Canon Dr. Kevin Goodrich, deciding focus/how often
  • Dot Gosling (@dotsters), engaging with regular bite-sized Bible chunks, monthly
  • Will Grady (@willgrady), deciding focus/how oftenWayne Grewcock, deciding focus/how often
  • Gareth Hill (@Rev_Gareth), random posts at random times
  • Mark Howe (@mvahowe), about to start offering “Diary of a reluctant Facebook missionary”
  • Social Media Consultant, Ant Hodges (@anthodges), will be sharing about how social media now creates online communities that the Gospel has to be taken into by Christians online, monthly
  • Tim Hutchings (tim_hutchings), about to start offering “Fieldnotes: stories and ideas from a digital researcher”
  • Micha Jazz, a contemplative friar journeying towards the heart of God whilst engaging in mission as a peacemaker and whole life therapist. In discussions, blogs here.
  • Faith Jegede (@faithjegede), about to start blogging monthly on “Trending Topic”, about the lifestyle of a digital Christian, each entry to start with a hashtag
  • Richard Littledale (@richardlittleda), probably digital authenticity, to discuss Tuesday
  • Bex Lewis (@drbexl), would like to write a more in depth article once a month… in my polymathic style the focus is likely to vary
  • Simon Lucas (@simonlucas), monthly, on the topic of “Just Love: Living out the two greatest commandments in the twenty-first century”
  • Thomas Mathie (@headphonaught), about to start blogging about “Things that have caught my attention”, testing bi-weekly/monthly
  • Adam May (Christian Nightlife Initiatives), deciding focus/frequency
  • Alan Mellor (@almellor), frequency/focus to be decided.
  • Ali Mepham (@kneewax), deciding frequency, exact focus, but is an enthusiastic geocacher!
  • Helen Nicholls (@hels_bels_1), offering reviews of materials that have caught her eye over the month.
  • Peter Ould (@peterould), about to start offering “Ecclesiology of cyberspace”, monthly/bi-monthly, and as triggered by specific events
  • Pete Phillips (@phphillips), about to start offering a theological perspective on engaging the digital world, monthly.
  • Holly Poulter (@hollylinda), deciding whether personal/Tear Fund capacity
  • Phil Ritchie (@philritchie), monthly, linking physical/virtual communities
  • Robb (@changingworship), deciding focus/how often
  • Dave Roberts (@emptybelly), deciding focus/how often
  • Ruth Robinson, SAT-7 Trust, Middle Eastern focus (Bible/Media), deciding frequency
  • Ed Ross (@edaross), deciding focus, bi-annually
  • Tim Ross (@timrossminister), deciding focus, bi-annually
  • Angie Shier-Jones, deciding focus, monthly
  • Rev Pam Smith (@revpamsmith), deciding focus/how often
  • Andrew Salt (@asaltbde), social media officer at @stpaulscamb, monthly, Android phone apps
  • The Church Sofa (@thechurchsofa), “My So-Called Digital Life”, monthly, and as triggered by events
  • Muriel Sowden (@fragranceofgod), from October, monthly, on online religious community
  • Simon Sutcliffe (@vfxhanley), deciding focus, how often
  • Bryony Taylor (@vahva), about to start blogging monthly on all things faith and social media related, from July
  • Anders Tingström (@webchurchgbg) is going to blog from the ECIC conference: “User Experience: From Content Strategy to Emotional Messages”, 15-18 June, and then see!
  • David (@davidwalljones) and Lorraine Wall-Jones (@loozeta), trying to be digital followers of Jesus, testing bi-monthly
  • Dave Warnock (@dave42w), quarterly, starting with “Discovering what you believe through social media: thoughts for Extroverts”
  • Tony Watkins (@tonywatkins_), deciding focus/frequency
  • Pam Webster (@pamjweb), blogging Bible passages, deciding how often
  • Ron Willoughby (@hoosier1964), deciding focus/how often
  • Tony Whittaker (@soonguy), ideas for sharing faith online, monthly
  • Ailsa Wright (@ailsawright), bi-monthly, focused upon Second Life
  • David Wyld (@phoce), fortnightly, practical advice as well as thoughts on DigiDisciple’s, to tie in with @digimission

Others who are thinking about it: Graham Richards; Andy Walton; Andrew Flynn; Matt Harris; Revd Lesley; Russ Bravo; Sara Batts; Will Taylor; Luke Penwald; Sam Pratt; Adam Brown, Yinka K, Johnny Laird, Elizabeth Drescher, Jay Butcher, Chris Hall.

We’re currently approaching those we’ve connected with over the past year, who we think might be interested, and I plan to blog more fully about this on Tuesday 7th (and link these up properly), about what is required, but the hope is that this would involve enjoyable sharing, research into that little thing you’ve never had impetus for before, rather than a weighty responsibility! Focus & frequency can change, and cross-posting in your regular online space is all good, gains new traffic for both sources!

An easy link to this page: http://bit.ly/digidisciple, and we’ve started a list for those whose Twitter names are known #digidisciple.

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The #BigBible Project. Educating in the digital spaces, creating 'bigger Bible conversations' between #digidisciple(s). Look out for #bigread14.