Digital Disciples

by Elizabeth Wellington. Faith & Leadership, January 13, 2014.


This article looks at how one pastor was able to incorporate technology and social media to benefit faith formation of youth.


questions to consider

Recommended Audience

Clergy and youth leaders of any faith tradition



Practical Applications

  • Reframe how you view social media and technology after reading about how they can help engage youth.
  • Consider ways to incorporate social media and technology in your ministry using the discussion questions as a conversation guide.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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