At InterVarsity’s 2017 Staff Conference in January 2017, Andy Crouch shared a talk that focused on how authority and vulnerability shape human experience, and how the Biblical story of a fully realized, healthy, and holy society is one which maximizes both authority and vulnerability.

The work of Ministry in Digital Spaces (MDS) is to empower students and faculty to engage fully with their peers in new and emerging digital spaces, relating deeply and honestly in these spaces. As we do this, all of our efforts will be rooted in our core values of  RELATIONSHIPS, RECONCILIATION, and PROPHETIC IMAGINATION.

Recently, Chelsea and Angelo interviewed each other about long distance relationships - they’re both in different stages of one (not with each other), causing them to realize that Ministry in Digital Spaces doesn’t always take place just with strangers. 

In this post, we’ll talk about how small groups are more than bible studies: they require intimate, trusting relationships. How do we build those? This is the third of a three part blog series on digital communication & how people online communicate, form communities, create identity, build relationships, and develop intimacy. 

In this post, we’ll talk about how we’re already part of online communities, and how to build our own online communities through bible study. This is the second of a three part blog series on digital communication & how people online communicate, form communities, create identity, build relationships, and develop intimacy.

By recon419a

It’s a pattern I’ve seen often in my life – I go hard and burn out fast – but it wasn’t until tonight that I realized the parallels to video games, and the way they can free me from the feeling of uselessness I get when I’m below my peak effectiveness. It’s a little concept I like to call team comp.

In this post, we’ll look at how people communicate online and build their own language. This is the first of a three part blog series on digital communication & how people online communicate, form communities, create identity, build relationships, and develop intimacy. 

By imagining how we can use games like Dungeons and Dragons as a ministry space, we challenge that separation of activities between fun and serious. For many gamers, playing games involves real relationships that we value and invest in.

Ministry in Digital Spaces exists to empower students and faculty to pursue the Kingdom of God in Digital Spaces. We live out that purpose through relationships, reconciliation, and prophetic imagination. We want our Facebook group to be a thriving diverse place where people from every university are welcome. To ensure the health of our group, we have provided a few guidelines for members, posts, and discussions.

2005: “What is this ‘Facebook’ and why do I need to be on it?”

2008: “What is a ‘Twitter?’ Is it another thing I have to check, and why do I need a blog? What is a blog?”

Even as a lifetime gamer and a member of MDS staff, it can sometimes feel strange to think of how video games work as a mission field, as a place where I can share the Gospel.

Around 2015, I started playing League of Legends with my InterVarsity small group at Northwestern. 

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