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Overview Is your church bewildered by the new technologies? Newell tours the most important options, keeping in mind the financial constraints of small- to medium-sized churches. Sane, careful explanations of how to set up a congregational website, use PowerPoint presentation software, and plenty more.
Churches know that if they are to reach people raised in an electronic culture, they must use the tools that this culture makes available. For people accustomed to checking their e-mail hourly, surfing the Internet daily, and receiving most if not all of their information through electronic media, our customary reliance on the printed page and the spoken word will no longer be good enough. Yet, recognizing this, where do you start? How does a congregation with little or no experience in the daunting world of the Web, projection technology, and computer presentations begin? Faced with too many choices and too little prior knowledge, congregations are opting not to use the new tools that electronic culture makes available, hence bypassing opportunities to spread the gospel and make disciples.
John Jewell studies the issue confronting most congregations: the crucial question of knowing the appropriate ways to begin to use the new electronic media. In this helpful and practical guide, he offers simple incremental steps that churches can take to expand their ministries through electronic media. He outlines basic tools that are required to set up the congregational web page, focusing on software and designs that those with little or no experience in Web artistry can employ. He reviews different kinds of projection systems, understanding that most church budgets are not capable of purchasing the largest, most state-of the art equipment to start with. He explains how PowerPoint MicroSoft trademark] and other presentation software can greatly enhance and extend the teaching and preaching ministry of the church, laying down fundamental principles for clean, simple, effective presentations. Animating all of the author's discussion is his concern that people start where they are, rather than insisting on an 'all or nothing' approach.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.49" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.53" Weight: 0.59 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2002
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687045479 ISBN13 9780687045471
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More About John P. Jewell
John P. Jewell is director of instructional technology and distance learning at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He's author of New Tools for a New Century: First Steps in Equipping Your Church for the Digital Revolution, and pens a weekly newspaper column--"Positive Living"--for The Shoreline Leader (Racine, Wis.). Jewell lives in Dubuque, Iowa, with his wife and their youngest daughter.
Reviews - What do customers think about New Tools for a New Century: First Steps in Equipping Your Church for the Digital Revolution?
New Tools for the 20th Century Mar 24, 2008
Helpful look at the usefulness of technology in the life of the church, but seems to be about ten to fifteen years behind.
Excellent! Apr 14, 2002
I have just finished reading John P. Jewell's most recent book "New Tools For A New Century" and I must say it is terrific. He is director of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning at The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary where he deals in the latest technology and seeks ways to make it helpful for pastors and churches.
I have been a pastor for 41 years and in the last 15 years we tried to make use of available technologies for ministry at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, Ct. We had services on radio and television, had our own Web page many years ago, a media center and so forth.I didn't find it easy to get my church to buy into all this new technology. But Dr. Jewell has done four powerful and necessary things in this book: 1st, he makes a persuasive case that it is ESSENTIAL for ALL churches to make use of email, the internet, LCD projectors and laptops, etc. in their whole ministry: in worship, Christian Education, Youth ministry, evangelism and so forth. 2nd, he describes the basics of each technology in a simple, clear fashion so even I could understand it. 3rd, he describes with persuasive illustrations ways in which these technologies can be used to improve the effectiveness of each program of the church. 4th, and finally, he describes how to deal with the human, personal, and political blocks to getting your congregation to give it a fair shake.
I don't know of another book like it and wish I had read it 15 years ago. But I am glad I have read it now and will send it along to a few special pastors I love. I recommend you do the same.
New Tools For A New Century Mar 26, 2002
John P. Jewell's book "New Tools For A New Century" is an exciting and very readable book, which should be on every "must" reading list for pastor's, church staff members, and lay leaders, who are looking for guidelines to move their church into the world of digital technology. Not only has John Jewell captured the step by step process of making that move, but he has done it in a most readable and understandable way. This book is a valuable resource for both the absolute beginner as well as those who are experienced in technology.
This is one of those not to be put down books until you have finished it. Interrupted I couldn't wait to get back and finish reading "New Tools...". Church leaders, "New Tools For A New Century", provides the help needed to bring you up to date with all the new technology with as little pain as possible. Absolutly a "must" have book for your library to read and study over and over again. As Dorothy says in "The Wizard of Oz" to her little dog Toto: "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
This book is a user friendly guide as you seek to discover your way around the how too of today's new technology that is available to move ministry into "a New Century!"