Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Looking for some homework help!

Dorothy is completing a paper related to the internet and prayer communities. She could use a little more input from folks. If you are so inclined, please answer these questions in the comments and I will forward them on.

Thanks!

  1. How long of you been blogging?
  2. What do you mainly blog about?
  3. Are you a church leader?
  4. If so, what is your position?
  5. Do you use your blog for ministry? If so, how?
  6. Do you use prayer in your blog? If so, how?
  7. Are you a member of an online prayer community?
  8. How do you feel this impacts your prayer life? Your faith? Your ministry?
  9. Why is prayer important to you, particularly over the internet?

5 comments:

The Swandive said...

1. How long of you been blogging?
Since January 2006, sorry I am bad with math.
2. What do you mainly blog about?
Life and where I see God in it. The sad parts, the funny parts, the not very cool parts.
3. Are you a church leader?
Yes.
4. If so, what is your position?
I work in Candidacy and Stewardship for my ELCA synod.
5. Do you use your blog for ministry? If so, how?
For sure - NO.
6. Do you use prayer in your blog? If so, how?
Yes, at the end of some of my posts, to ask for prayer from others, or to pray over what I have just written.
7. Are you a member of an online prayer community?
Member, ummmm, no. Do I do online prayer, yes, for sure. In many non-formal ways.
8. How do you feel this impacts your prayer life? Your faith? Your ministry?
Just keeps getting stronger and better. Both prayer life and faith. I know I am not alone.
9. Why is prayer important to you, particularly over the internet?
I find whole new communities online, and learn and have opportunity to pray, with and for people, that I would not meet in my church. The diversity of beliefs and people and expression of God in the world has opened my eyes and heart for God's world, and it beckons me to prayer.

Thank you for letting me think about this! blessings on the homework.

mid-life rookie said...

Blogging - 20months
About - personal theological reflections, life issues, family
I am a church leader at the conference level, and somewhat in my local church.
Some of those who look to me for spiritual leadership read my blog, but nothing official.
I often end a post with a prayer.
I'm part of a google group that started for another reason, but has also become a prayer community.
Also, our church uses email to send prayer requests.
I pray more often for others when I'm connected this way.
I could (and have) write an entire paper on the importance of prayer in my life. First and foremost prayer puts us in right relationship with God. We are not God, we pray to God. We are changed by prayer, the person praying and the one prayed for. Internet prayer is good because there are blog friends I can turn to and ask for prayer when I can't ask those who look to me as a spiritual reader. I am careful with whom I share my blog location. Only those who can deal with my humaness know about it.

Jan said...

Is it too late?

1. 1 year
2. quotes, poems, my family, my faith
3 &4. teacher of weekly and Sunday classes; spiritual director

5. I blog spiritual connections on the internet, like e-subscriptions.
6. Yes; I have one on my masthead and another on the sidebar.
7. I like being connected via the internet for prayer. Reminds me and connects me.

Mary Beth said...

Maybe it's too late, but:

1) since 2004
2) life and god and church and dogs
3) yes - laity
4) vestry member, president of women's group
5) it ministers to me! probably not to anyone else
6) yes
7) yes. RevGalPrayerPals and a few other groups
8) a place to go in extremis
9) Because God is always there to talk to and listen to.

RevDrKate said...

1.18 months
2.Anything and everything...life, spirituality, personal growth, reflections on the above
3.yes, pastor
4.Not in a formal way,my local folks aren't regualr readers
5.yes, pray for others, ask for prayer for self, others
6.Informally, yes
7. Has created wonderful community that has enlivened my whole spiritual life, strengthened my faith and made me a better pastor.
8.Need prayer to sustain me, can't go without it at all. There is something about writing, reflection, especially about faith with an interactive caring group of witnesses that creates a kind of synergy that I find sacred.