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  • • an annual worldwide focus day on a Sunday in Spring, as the culmination of Digital Outreach Month. Churches and other groups are encouraged to create a focus spot or digital training day, either on that Sunday, or indeed at any time of the year.
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Internet Evangelism Day 2013 – date for your diary

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girl on computerThe date is set! Internet Evangelism Day 2013 will be on Sunday 21 April. It stands within the entire month of April, which is again designated as Digital Outreach Month.

The purpose of our annual focus day (and month) is quite simple: to highlight to the worldwide church what are the many – and growing – opportunities for digital evangelism.

As for any other focus day, the principle is that ‘come for coffee tomorrow’ is a far more specific invitation than ‘do drop in sometime’. A focus day creates critical mass, higher profile, and wider attention.

We think that Martin Luther’s estimate of the new communication medium of his day – printing – applies equally to digital media:

“God’s highest and extremist act of grace, whereby the business of the gospel is driven forward.”

Ongoing need

Even though this will be our ninth annual focus day, we remain convinced that the need is just as great, and there remains a relative lack of awareness of just how widely digital can be used to share the good news, especially in appropriate ways that will engage with outsiders.

There are growing opportunities for social networking, video shorts (especially conversation-starting and storytelling) and mobile phones. In many countries, this potential may be barely appreciated or used.

We’d love to see local churches appointing a ‘digital ministry advocate‘ (by whatever name) to advise and resource the rest of the fellowship. And we hope that many churches will create a special focus time on 21 April, or indeed in any meeting during the month, to help members understand these opportunities.

Year round resource

Of course, IE Day is also a year-round resource. The main IE Day site, twice-monthly email newsletter, Paper.li daily, Twitter stream, our free ebooks and recommendations and this blog, are all intended to inform, envision, and equip.

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