- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: MOREHOUSE PUBLISHING; large type edition edition (May 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0819229954
- ISBN-13: 978-0819229953
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Here's what we know: the digital revolution has radically changed the way we make meaning, craft our identity, and communicate with each other in today's world. We also know that most of us congregational leaders have done little to embrace this new world of digital connectivity beyond creating a website and Facebook page. One more thing we know: we have in Keith Anderson a remarkably capable and creative guide into this new world. In The Digital Cathedral, Keith has provided not simply tips on using social media or the internet for ministry, but rather offers us the means by which to participate in the virtual Body of Christ, extending the care and compassion of the Gospel to, quite literally, the ends of the earth via digital means." - The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, President, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
About the Author
Keith Anderson serves as pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church near Philadelphia. He is the author of The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World (Morehouse, 2015) and is co-author with Elizabeth Drescher of Click2Save: The Digital Ministry Bible (Morehouse 2012). Keith is co-editor with Elizabeth Drescher of The Narthex, an online magazine about the changing contours of American Christianity and serves on the editorial committee for the ON Scripture. A popular blogger on religion, new media, and popular culture, his work has appeared on The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Day 1, and The New Media Project.
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The book is excellent - easy to understand and apply. Keith's research is first class and his suggestions for 21st century ministry are extremely valuable, especially for pastors like myself who are trying to figure out what will work with Millennials and post-modern people.
The book would make an excellent study for pastors and their leadership board or elder session. Keith obviously has a pastor's heart for people, as well as a keen understanding of the effective use of technology as a mission tool. I would heartily recommend this book for any pastor who is wrestling with today's culture and seeking relevant ministries for the church that she or he serves.
I’ve was excited when I first heard of The Digital Cathedral before it was published. I have been challenged, convicted and called to see my neighborhood as my Cathedral from which to explore and learn about variety of people who enter and experience our neighborhood as a place to connect with others in varied settings. Keith asks us to open the doors of our churches out into our community in digital and local “third places”
These gatherings are places where people can “connect, convene and converse” with the people of our neighborhoods.
In this book we are given the opportunity to discover “third places” in our neighborhoods where people already gather to explore the questions that make meaning in their lives. There was a tragic event in our town,that I asked people on my Facebook page to add to their prayer requests. One of our young local activist said that wasn’t enough, could I offer a prayer that that folks online could recite. He felt that we needed more than just a request to pray, but words that spoke to the moment. Out of that moment arose my taking Keith’s suggestion to ask “Whom shall we pray?” That has generated prayers, conversations and connections with folks who have never met in person, but share this common call to prayer. It is from those two examples I’ve seen people who most likely would never cross the steps of our worship space partake in this digital gathering to pray for people in digital and local communities. We gather weekly at a local Tully’s for coffee, conversation to ground us in the scripture for the week. The Digital Cathedral invites all of us to be a incarnational, relational and network presence right where we are.
I especially appreciated the multiple examples of vibrant, "out of the box" ministry that is reaching people where they are. Rather than simply offer a completely "new" lens - Anderson also effectively links the history of change in the church of the past to now. "Digital" is an important view - but so is the "cathedral" of the past in its community role and use.
As someone involved in how the church considers restructuring and relevance I found this book a helpful guide and reminder of what we may be called to be. I highly recommend this to those readers considering what relevant church might look like in the future.