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Communicating Visually 2: A Brief History of Change Resistance

We (the MO Guys) have recently been appointed adjunct professors in the Master of Arts Program in Missional Leadership at Northwest Nazarene University in Boise, Idaho. This innovative online program seeks to equip leaders to effectively do ministry in our twenty-first century by taking ministry outside the walls of the church.

The first course on tap is titled “Communicating Visually”. It runs eight weeks beginning Monday October 22. Each week of the course has a topical emphasis. As a service to the larger community of those seeking effective ministry in this time, and as a glimpse into what the students are learning, we will publish the course’s weekly online lecture in this space.

In the interest of continuing education, we’d love to see your reactions in the comments below. Enjoy.

Note: Click on the image above to advance to the next one.

This online lecture is available for purchase as a PowerPoint file and is ideal for presentation to a church committee or group on the value of communication in ministry. For more information, CLICK HERE.

10 Comments so far »

  1. David Player said,

    Wrote on October 30, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

    Please keep me posted!

    Dave Player
    (Alias: The South African Hunter)

  2. The MO Guys said,

    Wrote on October 30, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

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  3. Pat Deitz said,

    Wrote on October 30, 2007 @ 3:15 pm

    I’m in full agreement. It is exciting to be part of the change.

  4. Pal Gyomai said,

    Wrote on October 30, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    Sounds great. Eagerly waiting. Thanks for doing it!

  5. Roger McQuistion said,

    Wrote on October 31, 2007 @ 7:39 am

    I think you guys are right on! You have crystalized well the emotions that media shifts engender. I would like to use this presentation to present to my Council. We are making concrete plans to fundraise for digital equipment in our worship space. Is it possible to share these slides with others? This is great stuff. Keep me in the loop.

  6. Sue Powell said,

    Wrote on October 31, 2007 @ 4:03 pm

    As usual gentlemen, you are right on the mark! This is exactly what is happening in our church right now. We’ve just added a ‘Creative Worship Service’ to our schedule and it has not been embraced by all, if you get my drift.
    Thank you for your work, your words, your talents and for sharing. You are my ‘inspiration light’ in this dark transition time.
    Keep the oil lamp burning – you guys rock!

  7. Tim Coombs said,

    Wrote on November 3, 2007 @ 4:41 am

    Nice review of the history of media culture and how it impacts our experience of God. Tom Boomersine would be proud. One thing I’d like to add is a think piece from Richard Jensen, who explains the differences between image and words. Jensen points out that words are good at clarifying and defining, but images tend to be more inclusive. For instance, creeds and confessions, which state what we believe and/or don’t believe come in the form of words. I’ve never seen a totally pictorial confession. Pictures/images are not so definitive by nature. The old adage “a picture is worth a 1,000 words” is true. There can be multiple responses and interpretations to any graphic, painting, or photograph, and each would be valid because they represent the beholder’s reaction. Living in this media driven age, where our ideas about God have naturally changed, there isn’t any real interest in writing new confessions. This is both a blessing and a curse, just as the over-abundance of confessional writings after the Reformation were in there own way. Churches are either recasting old theologies in flashy high tech ways or seem to be caught in a muddle of what they really believe. Any thoughts?

  8. Midnight Oil Productions | Reading | Archive » Communicating Visually 1: Introduction said,

    Wrote on November 7, 2007 @ 10:50 am

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  9. Midnight Oil Productions | Reading | Archive » Communicating Visually 3: Text to Image said,

    Wrote on November 7, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

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  10. Midnight Oil Productions | Reading | Archive » Communicating Visually 4: Metaphor said,

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