Thursday, May 05, 2005

first ever nz emerging church course?

Friday and Saturday, 23-24 September, I’m teaching what I think will be New Zealand’s first ever course on the emerging church, set within the context of cultural change and discipleship.

I will specific examples of current emerging trends; including online religion, Christian festivals, spiritual direction, social justice – and explore how they are affected by culture and what it means for discipleship today.

Anyhow, the reason I post this is … have you read any good books on on-line religion, cos I have a bit of hole in this area of my bibliography?

Posted by steve at 05:07 PM


  1. What sort of thing are you looking for?

    Books on this tend to fall into two camps. Those who approach it from a sociological or ethnographic point of view (covering religion(s) in general) and those who are writing books for churches etc. to make use of the internet (tend to be from evangelical Christianity).

    And then there are others (like Nardi and O’Day’s “Information Ecologies : Using Technology with Heart”) that aren’t about religion specifically but have some portable ideas in them.

    I’ll have a hunt around in my EndNote database and see what’s there.

    Comment by Stephen Garner — May 5, 2005 @ 8:10 pm

  2. hi steve

    we probably share the same books on our shelf

    but i came across an oldie you may not have

    “CyberChurch” by Patrick Dixon (UK, 1997) – quite ahead of its time – outdated, obviously, but historical. let me know if i need to send it to you.
    E-Evanglism and E-Ministry by Andrew C are also good.

    but the best is alredy on line

    “We Know More Than Our Pastors” is one of the best PDFs on the net on that subject

    Comment by andrew jones — May 18, 2005 @ 8:23 pm

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