Damaris launches Film Clubs for discussion groups
The Damaris vision has always been to encourage people of all faiths and none to talk about the issues raised by contemporary popular culture, particularly films. In recent years we have been able to provide a whole host of free resources to help community groups think about films such as Life of Pi, Les Miserables and Song for Marion. We are working hard to ensure we can continue to provide free resources like this. Now we are launching Damaris Film Clubs to enable people to more easily use these free resources and get priority access to them. Damaris Film Clubs are suitable for all sorts of settings – community groups, workplaces, neighborhoods, churches or coffee shops.
Message to the Masses: new video faith resource for teens
A UK team has just launched a new online resource with video shorts, aimed at mid-to-late teens. It answers questions about faith in an outsider-friendly and accessible way, so it is ideal for youthgroup members to use and share.
Les Miserables now on DVD. Raises many questions about God, life, forgiveness, redemption
It's out! The incredible Tom Hooper 2012 movie is now released on DVD. This is a renewed opportunity to use this incredibly redemptive story as a discussion starter in many different situations. Here are free downloadable resources to help you. Resources to help you:
Book review: Ministry in the Digital Age, by D Bourgeois, IVPress
Happily there are at last a growing number of books about various aspects of digital ministry. Dave Bourgeois' new book is primarily written to help Christian ministries understand how to integrate the Internet into their existing work.
Churches miss great opportunity for effective evangelism
Tim Stevens' book 'Pop Goes the Church' makes an inspiring case for leveraging pop culture to reach out to people in the language of their lives, with compelling biblical backing for this approach. He offers a new perspective that give relevance and impact to the church by using popular culture – stories from movies and music – to point people to the gospel.
Prof. Brian Sturm explains how storytelling actually works
Choose your comfiest chair, make yourself a tasty coffee (or other beverage as preferred) and settle down for a 45-minute journey with Professor Brian Sturm to learn more about story. Sturm presents storytelling as a way of organizing information, conveying emotions, and building community. A model of storytelling as altered state of consciousness (the story trance) is presented that includes 16 portals to altered states.
Free discussion resources about the Quartet movie
The latest Damaris movie resources are available from today – for the film Quartet. The Damaris team writes: "A few months ago we were pleased to provide free official resources for the cinema release of the film Quartet – starring Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay and Pauline Collins. Now, in readiness for its release on DVD, Blu-ray and Download (available from 6th May 2013) we have created some more – together with three new downloadable video features."
Urgent need for volunteer sparetime email mentors
The TruthMedia digital evangelism team urgently needs volunteers, working in their sparetime at home. Please republish this page, or share the opportunity widely on social media.
Storytelling and humor: Christian books and free resources
Many people still seem to feel that storytelling and humor are, if even used at all, minor elements to bolt onto the beginning or end of the 'real' message we are trying to communicate. In reality, these should be integral to all communication, embedded and inseparable. This applies equally whether it is evangelism, teaching, or advocating a nonprofit or ministry.
Web Evangelism Bulletin - news on all aspects of digital evangelism
This twice-monthly email newsletter brings news, ideas and strategies for all types of digital outreach. It is a part of the ministry of Internet Evangelism Day.