The strength of WME lies in our commitment to empowering others.
Through virtual training and digital technology,
information and resources are more easily shared around the world.
Hello! My name is Dan Griswold, I am a pastor in Charleston, SC, and a member of the Order of Flame, a group through the World Methodist Evangelization (WME) that encourages and mentors the clergy as they lead and grow as missionary evangelists in their communities.
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a virtual seminar with WME on the topic of sharing faith in cyberspace. All over the world, people are grappling with the idea of how to connect virtually and whether it’s really possible. I have been using virtual space for many years.
As the son of a software engineer who worked for a computer company, I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t surrounded by technology. When the internet became available, the first website I visited was Gamepro.com, where I learned about chat rooms and how players around the world stayed connected. Because I was a young Christian who wanted to share the love of Jesus with everyone I met, I soon began to talk about my life of faith with others between talking about games and hobbies.
Technology is constantly evolving, and the way we connect and evangelize has changed dramatically as virtual worlds fully integrate into an almost flawless union with our physical reality. While it can be embarrassing for those who are still learning current trends to reach others for Christ in virtual environments, I am confident that without internet connections the church will see greater declines in future seekers who are welcome on the path of discipleship.
Believe it or not, many people encounter virtual relationships these days; virtual relationships trigger real-world relationships It’s not “either-or”. For most people, especially. young people, there is no difference between the two – they are interconnected.
It was a pleasure to attend a seminar with WME and the Moscow Methodist Seminary on the topic of creating and experiencing online worlds for evangelization. I have been fascinated by Russian culture and language since high school, and I have been following and praying for the Theological Seminary in Moscow on Facebook for three years now.
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The time for questions and answers was wonderful and life gave me to be part of a global effort to reach people for the life that Jesus brings. I hope that the conversation will bear fruit and many will receive the fire of the Spirit to go and spread the Good News, wherever they are and wherever God has called them.