Digital Discipleship: Transforming Ministry Through Technology


As I read Tim Elmore’s blog post “Technology is not the enemy as long as we redeem it” I resonated with a comment he made…

Technology isn’t going away—so we’re going to have to find ways to redeem it.

So, let’s ask the question – What skill sets of our youth can we develop so that they become digital disciples who meaningfully share faith with their technology skills?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on how to redeem technology.  Here are suggestions that I offer you to begin the conversation.

  • For Kinder thru Grade 3: At the beginning of the year, invite your parents to follow the @SaintOfTheDay Twitter account. Encourage your students, at least once during the week, to ask their parents, what the saint of the day is and to have their parents share the story of the saint with their son or daughter.  Why do this?  Children will observe their parents finding online information that they will be able to share with them and share what they learn that day with their child.
  • Grades 4 – 6: Using your iPhone or Tablet, go to @SaintOfTheDay and read the saint reflection for the day.  Invite your students to write a Tweet message (Refer to – What is a Twitter Tweet?) which will share what they learned about the saint of the day.  A Tweet example – April 24 who is the saint nicknamed the “poor man’s lawyer”? (Note: This tweet is only 60 characters).
  • Grades 7 & 8: Form teams and assign each team to a designated week of the class sessions. Invite the teams to review the @SaintOfTheDay tweets that are available during that week.  Ask the students to write one or two tweets that will communicate what they have learned about a few of the saints from that week. To be in a form where fellow students will reply with the saints name.

For example – Week of April 19-25: (Tweet #1) He was a theologian, archbishop and opposed the slave trade – Who is he? (72 characters) and (Tweet #2) Once buried in Gniezno cathedral (Poland) his relics were moved to St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague. Who is he? (108 characters)

Answer #1 – St. Anselm; Answer #2 – St. Adalbert of Prague

How are you considering bringing your children and families to become a digital disciple?

Comments on: "How can WE REDEEM Technology?" (2)

  1. Hello, Caroline. Thanks for inviting responses. I hope that you are doing well. I appreciate your tag line — Transforming Ministry Through Technology — on your cyberpilgrim blog. I recoiled however when I read the question: How Can WE REDEEM Technology? The term harness is another metaphor that got used. Apparently Tim Elmore and you (?) have a different take on redemption and the empirical world than I do.

    I can see the wisdom in the saying (by Mr. Elmore) ‘instead of simply communicating that some technology is “evil,” we (should) we find ways to use it for positive outcomes?’ But using media tools, cyberspace, and various forms of electronic communication via acceptable, educative, media literate methods (i.e., enlightening, valuing, transformational ways) does not equal redeeming them. It is a reality for which I have advocated ever since I first wrote for publication about modern music back in the day, around 1978. This train of argument could quickly get way too far into some philosophical and/or theological forestry. Let me say just say that when it comes to redemption, I believe we can basically relax. That work had been done by God. Redemptive grace permeates the here and now; it’s not a state of something yet to come, a reward to be realized later. So what’s a substitute term? About modern social media, I would adopt (and have utilized) words such as employ them, integrate them usefully, teach them to empower . . . , see/use them as subversive re: unholy forms of thought/expression. And so it goes.

    Thanks for lettting me get in on this.

    • Hi Butch, I’ve been traveling since May 2nd and often without a good Internet connection. So, I’m just catching up now. I simply do not share the same hesitation as yourself to use the word “redeem” in this article. For me “redeem” is a term that…

      Redeem comes from the French rédimer, which means “to deliver,” and which in turn comes from the Latin for “buy back.” In Christianity you can be redeemed by renouncing your sins. Classic heroes fail and then redeem themselves with valiant acts. But redeem doesn’t have to be religious or moral. When you turn in a glass bottle for recycling, you redeem it, just as you redeem your coupon for 20% off your next hamburger.

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