Rewired: Youth Ministry in an Age of IM and MySpace

Overview

Do you know where your church's teens hang out? Chances are that they're hanging out virtual style. MySpace and IM have redefined how the typical teenager spends time with friends. And these technologies have important implications for today's youth leader. In this valuable resource from communication professor Peggy Kendall, find the answers to key questions: How do these technologies affect relationships and communication? What are the pros and cons of using this technologies in youth ministry? What practical ...
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Overview

Do you know where your church's teens hang out? Chances are that they're hanging out virtual style. MySpace and IM have redefined how the typical teenager spends time with friends. And these technologies have important implications for today's youth leader. In this valuable resource from communication professor Peggy Kendall, find the answers to key questions: How do these technologies affect relationships and communication? What are the pros and cons of using this technologies in youth ministry? What practical skills are needed to integrate these technologies in ministry? Included in the book are: A summary of current research in reader-friendly terms, Real-life insights from teens who use IM and MySpace on a regular basis, Feedback and insight from youth pastors who use IM and MySpace in their ministry, Specific tips on IM and MySpace use.

About the Author:
Peggy Kendal is associate professor of communication studies at Bethel University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817015138
  • Publisher: Judson Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Duffy Robbins     vii
Introduction     xi
Virtual Technology
Instant Messaging: The New Virtual Coffee Shop     2
Instant Messaging Basics     4
Where's the Hangout?     9
What Do Teens Think?     14
Who's Hanging Out?     18
Social Networking: The New Weekend Party     22
MySpace Basics     25
How Do I Make Friends?     29
I'm Here, So Now What Do I Do?     30
Why Party?     34
Virtual Challenges
Underlying Impact: Relationships, Community, and Faith     42
Virtual Relationships: Ideals, Intimacy, and Disconnect     44
Virtual Community: Shedding Responsibility     50
Virtual Faith: Reconnecting the Ties That Bind     55
Social Networking Pitfalls: Garbage, Disconnect, and Privacy     60
Jewels among the Garbage     62
The Reality Disconnect     66
Is It Public or Private?     69
Instant Messaging Pitfalls: Bare Bones, Boundaries, and Silliness     73
Bare Bones Text     74
Mischievous Misuse     78
Brittle Boundaries     79
Virtual Opportunities
Benefits of Online Ministry: Connections,Gateways, and Openness     88
Virtual Connection     89
Virtual Gateway     93
Virtual Availability     96
Postscript YouTube: Entertainment Made to Order     103
YouTube Users: Who Are They?     104
YouTube Uses: What Are They Doing?     104
YouTube Challenges: What Are the Problems?     108
YouTube Opportunities: Finding the Teaching Moments     109
Conclusion     113
Appendixes     117
Instant Message Abbreviations     117
Online Glossary     118
Social Networking Sites     120
Helpful Online Links     121
Suggested Reading     122
Endnotes     125
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