GTS Digital Formation Webinar: Thursday, March 13 - The Evolution of Social Media & the Church Today


The Internet and Social Media are an ever- and fast-changing landscape. In this webinar we'll look at that landscape as it stands in 2014, talk about popular platforms, and best practices, and why you should strongly consider using some of these digital tools in your ministry.

GTS Digital Formation invites you to learn about using social media in your ministry by joining the final webinar of the 2013-14 series, Equipping Digital Saints. Join us on Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST, for the free webinar, Transformation: The Evolution of Social Media & the Church Today.




GTS Digital Formation is The General Theological Seminary's initiative to help clergy and lay leaders throughout The Episcopal Church appreciate the theological foundations and effectiveness of social media and digital technology for gospel proclamation and ministry. Leading the program is the Rev. Colin Chapman, GTS '12, Digital Missioner.

The 2013-14 GTS Digital Formation program includes the Equipping Digital Saints series consisting of six webinars and "Quick How-To" videos posted monthly on GTS Digital Formation's YouTube channel. Since October, Chapman has been teaching viewers, in less than four minutes, how to get sermons from the pulpit to SoundCloud, an online audio-sharing platform; click here to learn quickly. Additionally, Chapman is tweeting live during General Seminary's two named lectures this year, the Paddock Lectures and the Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality, both of which address the interrelationship in the twenty-first century of digital technology and religion.

Here is the complete schedule of the 2013-14 GTS Digital Formation offerings:

Equipping Digital Saints: Thursday Webinars  Six free, hour-long webinars on selected Thursday afternoons, 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time, examining both the technology and mission uses of social media and digital technology. The webinars will include opportunities for viewers to ask questions. For those who are not able to attend the webinars in real time, recordings will be posted soon after the original broadcast on the GTS Digital Formation YouTube channel.

September 19, 2013Getting Past Unknowing: What is the “Cloud”? Click to view a recording of the webinar on YouTube.

October 17, 2013—Digital Giving & Financial Stewardship Click to view a recording of the webinar on YouTube.

December 5, 2013Social Media, Hospitality & the Holiday Season Click to view a recording of the webinar on YouTube.

January 16, 2014To All Nations: Five Ways to Get the Message Out Click to view a recording of the webinar on YouTube.

February 13, 2014Go Forth: Mobile Apps for Ministry (iOS and Android)

March 13, 2014Transformation: The Evolution of Social Media & the Church Today - Click to register.

Digital Wisdom: Wednesday Quick How-To'sTen "Quick How-To" videos posted on the GTS Digital Formation YouTube channel on the first Wednesday of each month.

Scholarly Tweets Live Twitter coverage of General Seminary’s named lectures in 2013-14. To follow GTS Digital Formation on Twitter, click here.

OMG: Spirituality in the Digital Age The Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality Presented by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston Author of Hope as Old as Fire and Cloud Walking Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

To learn more about GTS Digital Formation and its history, click here.