Strategic online ministry book: Netcasters

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Netcasters: Using the Internet to Make Fishers of Men
Craig von Buseck
B & H Publishing Group
ISBN 978-0-8054-4784-2

June 2010 saw the publication of this very significant title which gives a broad overview of digital evangelism. It is a much-needed initiative, for there has been no comparable study like this since Andrew Careaga’s books in the early days of the Web.

Von Buseck presents a unique overview into the vast and growing potential of the digital media to share the good news of Jesus. Its well-researched and visionary coverage, interviews and case studies are indispensable to anyone needing to understand the nature of the new media and how to use them effectively. And since we all now live in a ‘digital communication culture’, this surely means all of us: Jesus-followers at any stage of our spiritual journeys, as well as pastors and leaders, college students and faculty (it’s an ideal textbook), or mission staff and believers from diverse cultures and countries. And remarkably, we don’t need technical knowledge for this!

Craig has kindly given us an interview:

Q “Why did you write Netcasters?”

A “The Apostle Paul encouraged the Corinthian church by explaining that in his ministry his goal was to become all things to all people.

“Paul had been one of the leading Jewish Pharisees before his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. After his dramatic salvation experience God called Saul to minister to the Gentiles. He was so willing to “become all things to all people” that this former Pharisee changed his name from the Jewish ‘Saul’ to the Greek ‘Paul’ in order to build a cultural bridge with the Gentiles.

“In evangelism we need to look for the ways to connect with the people that God has called us to reach with the gospel. The use of the Internet and digital media is one of the most effective ways to do this today.

“NetCasters was written to describe what internet evangelism is and who is doing it well – both large ministries and individual cybermissionaries. I also provide a list of resources and contacts so that someone who feels called to evangelize on the Web will be able to quickly get up-to-speed on how to get the ball rolling.”

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