Item description for Rewired: Youth Ministry in an Age of IM and MySpace by Peggy Kendall & Duffy Robbins...
Overview Kendall offers a crash course in navigating--and understanding--instant messaging and MySpace. She explores opportunities and pitfalls inherent in both and weighs the field-tested pros and cons of using these venues for ministry.
Publishers Description Rewired offers a summary of current research on computer-mediated-communication in reader-friendly terms; real-life insight from teens who us 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, including getting connected, using the language, and building a profile and value-added, interactive online components that will keep information fresh and current.
Rewired: Youth Ministry in an Age of IM and MySpace
by Peggy Kendall with Foreword by Duffy Robbins
Size: 5" x 8"
Should youth leaders venture forth into cyberspace to reach today's online teens?
Do you know where your church's teens are hanging out? It may be the mall, or the local Starbucks, but chances are even better that they're hanging out virtual style. Almost two-thirds of American teens use Instant Messenger. MySpace.com has over 55 million members, adding over 85,000 profiles each day. These two technologies have redefined how the typical teenager spends time with friends. And they have important implications for today's youth leader.
Rewired addresses the questions:
How do these technologies affect relationships and communication?
What are the pros and cons of using this technology in youth ministry?
What practical skills are needed to begin integrating communication and social networking technology in ministry?
The book offers readers:
A summary of current research on computer-mediated-communication in reader-friendly terms
Real-life insight 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, including getting connected, using the language, and building a profile
Value-added, interactive online components that will keep information fresh and current
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