Training Resources and Sparetime/Fulltime Opportunities
This page explains the various ways you can learn more about online evangelism, and also provides a list of opportunities for involvement, including sparetime and fulltime openings with a range of different ministries. We must make a very important statement: web evangelism is not only for techies! There are many gifts needed, and you do not need to be technical!
- Yes, you need to understand the nature of the Web as a medium, but …
- no, you do not need to be technical.
- There is a big need for people who can write in the lean journalistic style needed for the Web.
- Online counseling/mentoring of inquirers is vital area for people with those gifts.
- It is also possible to build a website with little or no technical knowledge, using ready-made template systems which are available. And blogs are even easier to create – truly anyone can do it.
- Remember that most of the people involved in web evangelism knew nothing about it either, until quite recently!
OpportunitiesMany outreach groups need volunteer (and fulltime) help. And there are many other ways that you can reach people online:
Web Evangelism is a challenging and exciting; there is much to learn about the nature of the Web and how to communicate evangelistically. It is important that you do so before trying to minister online. Following on from a detailed study of the pages on this site, there are many ways listed below to obtain more knowledge with informal spare-time training. As yet, there are almost no formal web evangelism modules at Christian training institutions – we urge colleges to consider the possibility of adding these to their curricula. We are creating an online listing of all such courses.
The IEC Online CourseOnline self-study lessons (some churches have also used these lessons in a group-study discussion context), as a basis for building their own web evangelism team.
• IEC Course
Fuller Course MP537Course MP537 Internet Evangelism And Cybermissions, part of the MA in Global Leadership, is scheduled for October:
• Course details
Create International podcastsYWAM’s Create International team in Perth offer useful insights into web evangelism and video communication:
• Download podcasts
ConferencesMany conferences have a training element. Check our list of conferences and other events which broadly connect with online and media evangelism.
• View conferences and other events
Free training video shortsThese excellent short downloadable videos range from about 1 to 6 minutes in length. Some are produced by leading web evangelism team TruthMedia.com, they cover two essential areas of web evangelism: learning how to write effectively for non-Christians, and interactivity/chat ministry. Others are conference sessions.
• View the videos
Understanding and relating to cultureChristians often do not understand how to relate to, and use, the culture around them. Facing the Challenge offer a range of free downloadable courses, either for individual use or preferable for group study and discussion, and two useful podcasts.
• More information
Learning to writeThe skills needed for web writing are those of a journalist, not a preacher. Learn as much as possible about journalistic communication principles:
• More about web writing
Magazine Training Institute offers Christian magazine-writing training resources and
conferences for E Europe:
• MTI resources
We are not aware of any online Christian training course for journalistic writing (there used to be
• JPROF offers a wide range of resources and suggested books.
Also visit your library and search for books on journalism. There is also a huge need for Christians to join the journalism profession, because its influence shapes entire cultures. World Journalism Institute | exists to encourage Christians into this calling.
Email support: counseling trainingAny outreach site which is effectively targetting non-Christians may have to deal with serious life problems. Informal counseling and listening skills are very valuable to learn, and are in fact an asset in all sorts of Christian ministry and evangelism:
• Counseling training – its value and significance in Christian ministry
• Counsel guidelines – guidelines and resources for offering email advice help to inquirers with problems
BlogsThere are a number of highly-recommended blogs on internet evangelism and web ministry. Best way to be alerted to new postings is via their RSS feeds.
Video clips, cartooning and animation, radioThere is big potential for using video clips and animation online. Training options:
• Rox35Media offer training sessions in animation.
• There are many secular short video production courses around the world: see Google. See also UK-based short training courses.
• Illuminati Pictures: train young people in film-making so that they can work in the secular entertainment industry.
• The following publications include advice on video production as well as other church tech/media issues:
Church Video Ideas | Creative Synergy Podcast | ChristianAV Magazine | Vision Magazine | Technologies for Worship Magazine | Worship Arts and Technology Magazine | Church Production Magazine | Collide Magazine | FaithVisuals.
• Radio Worldwide offer training for radio outreach, particuarly for the non-western world.
BooksWe recommend a small range of top books. They cover online evangelism, broader principles of outreach, writing, how the Internet works, and site design:
• Book recommendations
For in-depth communication studies, we have a more detailed reading list.
TechnicalLike many other things, the Web is best learned by doing. Start simple, and don’t be scared by technical stuff. It is not rocket science to build simple websites.
A number of online free open courses on technical subjects are available to download. Check this
remarkably comprehensive list of 100 courses:
• 100 Open Courses to Make Yourself an Internet Whiz
Many other books, magazines, CDs and online resources are available to teach technical issues. Check your
local bookstore and library. There may be community-based evening classes in your area
(perhaps at a local college) teaching website creation and other web-based skills.
• Planning a Site – and clarifying target audience.
And remember – you do not need any technical knowledge to share your faith through many social networking channels. There are also many other opportunities in web evangelism available to non-technical people. Visit our opportunities page.
Research studiesVarious research studies on web-related topics are another useful way to learn more. There is a need for more such projects, so if you are a student looking for a dissertation topic, consider one related to web evangelism.
• Research studies
Training of trainersIf you are already experienced in online or other types of media evangelism, and wish to train others, then a ‘Training of Trainers’ course may help you. (You may also wish to join our speakers panel.) (In addition, we hope that our PowerPoint presentation, video clips and other resources can be a useful part of a web evangelism training course.)
• ICTI course
The Great Commission and your place in itImpact Eternity is an online study course about the challenge of mission and the needs of the world. Work through the modules yourself, and/or use them as a basis for a group study. Available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese:
• Impact Eternity
The Perspectives course is also available in a number of US locations, and online:
Missions and Cross-Cultural Discipleship is a 4-month distance learning couurse:
• Missions and Cross-Cultural Discipleship
For a searchable database of training on a range of other topics:
• Train for Christ
Learn typingIf you have never learned to ‘touch type’, we urge you to do it. The time you spend in attending an evening class in your community, or teaching yourself with a popular cheap computer program such as ‘Mavis Beacon’, or the free Stamina will be repaid many times over. (Those with any form of impairment can use speech-based software, both to read and write to a computer screen.)
More typing software – some are free. For other software options, use a search engine to look for ‘typing tutor software’ and ‘review typing tutor software’. If you have a disability and can only type with one hand, visit One Handed Typing.
Computer users who have never learned to touch type tend to ‘peck’ and jab at the keyboard with two fingers. This causes shock-waves to go up the hand and arm and can contribute to RSI. With touch typing, all fingers are gently resting on the keyboard at all times. There are many other ways to avoid RSI – build them into your work routine. Take regular breaks and exercise your arms and shoulders – you can install free software which alerts you to take these breaks, for instance Stress Buster and WorkRave.
Incorrect posture at a computer is also a serious health issue, leading to spinal problems. The center of the screen should be more or less at your eye level. Laptops are a particular problem because we tend to use them on a table or flat area. When using a laptop at home, it is best to plug in a separate keyboard and mouse, and position the laptop itself to give that same eye-level view of the screen.
Trust us on this one: you will bless the day you start learning touch typing, or decide to modify your posture and procedures to avoid RSI and back problems.
Newcomer to the Web?If you are a newcomer to using the Web, we recommend you check your local bookstore or library for a book that will start you off on understanding websites, browsing and searching, eg. The Rough Guide to the Internet. See also these guides to email use and etiquette: 1 | 2.
Remember, every web user was a novice to begin with, as the humorous video clip below demonstrates.