Bridging the gap: Effective multimedia training in 21 st century seminaries
Edward Goode, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, United States
Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary . Awarded
Bridging the Gap explores the biblical, theological, and historical foundations of the church's engagement (and disengagement) of multimedia, explores differences between digital natives and digital immigrants, and reviews some of the already-available resources in this area for clergy and congregations. The project concludes with a proposed upper-level seminary course of how to integrate effectively multimedia in preaching. The course focuses on the both the theory and the practice of using multimedia as a part of the preaching moment.
In a world rapidly becoming more multimedia-centric, pastors are struggling to share God's Word in ways that connect with people who are more accustomed to multimedia learning than the primarily oral context of many contemporary congregations. Many pastors serving mainline Protestant congregations would best be considered digital immigrants (people who were raised in largely pre-digital eras) while the digital natives of the world are creating multimedia as easily as past generations might have written a letter.
Seminaries have a responsibility to adapt their preaching and worship leadership curriculum to bridge this gap. They need to integrate training in faithful, effective, and efficient use of multimedia technologies—hardware and software—to aid future pastors in their eventual congregations. Bridging the Gap offers a clear direction for seminaries to begin training their students in this vital area of learning and growth.
Goode, E. Bridging the gap: Effective multimedia training in 21 st century seminaries. Doctor of Ministry thesis, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.
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