I was recently asked about why we use the media at Busted Halo® to do ministry and my answer was simple: We're just doing what Jesus did.
That's right. Jesus used the media of his day: storytelling, itinerant preaching, mountaintop gatherings.
And moreover the church has kept that going: St. Paul was a letter writer (and we close the year of St Paul today--so blessings to our friends the Paulist Fathers). Isaac Hecker, Servant of God--the Paulist founder was a public lecturer and a publisher and believed in using all kinds of media. His theory was that we need to proclaim "old truths in new forms."
And we extend that message of Jesus today using all that we have at our disposal. TV, Radio, Internet, Facebook, You Tube whatever.
What kinds of things have you sampled on the net or TV that have faith based material on them?
Your humble blogger is Mike Hayes, a well-known expert in the world of young adult ministry (20s and 30s) in the Catholic Church. Mike is the author of Googling God (Paulist, 2007) where he explores both the chaotic world that young people live in and their religious reactions to that world. He also explores the age of instant gratification and how churches can respond to the needs of the young adult age by using technology alongside more traditional ministry methods.
Mike founded the award winning BustedHalo.com® in 2001 and continues to contribute to it as the editor of their catechetical section appropriately named Googling God.
Recently, he left BustedHalo® to focus on more direct ministry with young people at St Joseph University Parish as a Campus Minister for the South Campus at the University at Buffalo.
He has only two loves: his adorable wife, Marion and a nine pound chihuahua named Haze, who still find him amusing enough to let them live in their home.