We as students at Pittsburgh Seminary have access to amazing faculty, thousands of resources in the Barbour Library, and an invaluable and often overlooked opportunity—Continuing Education workshops and lectures. While these events are designed with pastors and lay leaders in mind, students are encouraged to attend and typically can do so FREE! These opportunities supplement what we learn in the classroom about the books of the Bible, the historical Church, and ministry around the globe. Upcoming is the timely topic of social media in ministry. During a four-part series the Rev. Dr. Deirdre King Hainsworth, assistant professor of ethics and director of the Center for Business, Religion and Public Life at PTS, will address “Building Faith Online: Using Social Media in Ministry.”
The Internet has been available publicly for 20 years, and since its beginning denominations and congregations have been working on ways to use it well. During this course, participants will examine the use of social media in the church, how it works, and what emerging trends are shaping where the technology is heading. The group will consider what happens to the Christian message when using social media to share the story of God’s work. Topics to be discussed include “Social Media Basics,” “Can the Gospel be Tweeted?” “The Church in Cyberspace,” and “Best Practices for Social Media in Ministry.” As church leaders in the 21st century, we are certain to gain insight from these workshops!
I encourage you to check out all of the Continuing Education events at Pittsburgh Seminary and consider how your “education” and “continuing education” will enable you to serve God in the world.
Melanie, Senior M.Div.