My Doctor of Ministry project: Because we all need community

The student hat is one of the many I wear in my hectic life. Heading into November 2013, I am just about two years into a three-year Doctor of Ministry program at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in the city of Detroit.

For two years, I have been studying the efficacy of purely online communities for equipping and edifying the body of Christ, and I’ve been engaging in this research with the premise that exclusively online communities can be just as engaging, just as life-giving as in-person communities.

I need your help!

I invite you to read my blog post briefly explaining my project and inviting people to participate. If what I’ve said there piques your interest, please read my informational e-book (16 pages).

If after reading you’re still interested in actively participating, please fill out this brief questionnaire, and I will be in touch with you very shortly regarding further steps.

Not quite interested? You can still help!

If you’re either not interested or don’t feel you have the available bandwidth to participate but know anyone who would be perfect for this study, would you consider sharing this letter and a link to this page with them? I still need more volunteers to do this study properly, so if you can pass this on to anyone you think may be interested, I’d be beyond appreciative.

The future of online Christian communities is bright, and the implications and applications of this work beyond the scope of this project are limitless. Should you agree to embark on this journey with me, you would be part of an ongoing conversation about this emerging ministry and all the different ways it can be used to build up the body of Christ.

A Note for International Participants

Since initially spreading the word about my project, I have had a some interested parties as far from the States as Australia interested people express concern about their location possibly disqualifying them from participation, especially in the video conferencing portion. If you’re reading this and have this concern, please fill out the survey anyway, and if you have a genuine interest, we will work together to overcome this roadblock and fully incorporate you into the community. I welcome participants from all over the world!

I appreciate your showing even cursory interest in my research. This is my passion, and it’s humbling to meet people willing to invest their time into it. Thank you.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. God bless you, and I hope to hear from you soon.