I finished my talk at about 2:05pm. I thought it went well, but is one of those things where when you are done you wish you had said this or that. Or had a chance to do it a couple of times. But there was good discussion and questions during the talk and I’ve had some great conversation following.

Here is a copy of the handout (yeah, I know…very old school and old media) that I passed out and had them interact with.

New Media Ministry to the Myspace-Facebook Generation:
Employing New Media Technologies Effectively In Youth Ministries
by Rhett Smith

5 Movements Towards Online Social Networking

1. Online Journey
What is your online journey? How has it shaped your views of online social networks?

2. Identity Forming
When a student is in these communities for hours a day, how do we help shape and transform their identity, whether it is online, or in the personal time we get with them?

3. Leading Within
How does you or your church’s leadership style contradict/correlate with youth in a MySpace-Facebook world?

4. Intermingling Lives

Does the exposure of student’s lives intimidate, discourage or inspire you to want to engage with them online? Why or why not?

5. Transforming Communication
What can you do in your student’s social network to help transform their environment and communication? How can you communicate Christ to your students online?

Resources (Books & Websites)

Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World by Chap Clark & Dee Clark

Everyday Theology: How To Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends by Kevin Vanhoozer, Charles A. Anderson & Michael J. Sleasman

The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, the Gospel, and Church by Shane Hipps and Brian McClaren

Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology by Albert Borgmann

Facebook: www.facebook.com

MySpace: www.myspace.com

Alexa-The Web Information Company: www.alexa.com

Social Networking: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites