New Media Communications 2.0: A Great Good Place for the Theological Community 
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I recently interviewed for a new position which seemed to be a major step in the direction which I have been pusuing as an ideal career. It had to do with being an advocate and "evangelist" for online community in the denomination. The interview process was long, and after 2 and a half months since my initial interview, I heard last week that the position was taken by someone else.

It has , in a sense, "opened up my future", for I now need to consider the role I see myself playing in the relationship between the Church and the online world. After five years in a major denominational publishing house, and being lmited to a role of a developer, I feel my training and experience in the issues of communicating in a Digital Age are not being used. The idea that online community could aid a religious publisher has simply been ignored, despite several overtures from me on that topic in a couple of "public requests for new strategies or initiatives".

With the rise of the Portal approach to Web hosting,   I have been envisioning an "updated" version of the work that I have named "New Media Communications". I have often been very frustrated with the cycle of recognizing that I need to be writing new things and posting them here, and then after an initial burst of energy which results in a couple of new pages to the site, I fall back into a mad rush of requirements for some project at work. I thus "lose the edge" and the energy that goes along with it to sit down and try to communicate this to my online community.

I have also neglected this online community. It has coincided with a dry spell in my ftf social life as well, which has left me with minimal energy for either community.

Part of my frustration in my Church experience right now is that I feel very little support for the sense of call I feel to be a shaper and a resource for the building of "online tools" and "online places" for the Church. When our got a new head pastor about a year ago, I immediately set up an appontment with her in hopes that I could share something of this sense of call I have felt for at least 10 years now, and especially since the Web has become the force and the set of tools that it is today (and promises to continue to expand these tools).

My theology of Church places great value in the importance of everyone in the body of Christ discovering and utilizing their gifts, and forming these calls into "mission". Mission groups form as the "call" is sounded by two or more persons who see a purpose in the effort which addresses some need in the world. The world of people who are "seeking" for meaning online is rapidly expanding. If others are out there who feel, as I do, that the ftf church has been sorely lacking (in most of its representions) in its role of providing a "beloved community" where one feels known and where one is provided resources to grow in understanding themselves and their role in the Church.

I have recently been thinking about this , and how the experience of community in the church is to survive in the Digital Age. Along with the rapid development and extensionof things technological into our lives and culture, there is the experience of fewer and fewer opportunities to spend time on each other's journeys in the context of the typical church schedule.

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