Community and Digital Ministry in the 21st Century

Community and Digital Ministry in the 21st Century

These resources are recommended by Center for Congregations workshop presenter, author and pastor Keith Anderson. Anderson facilitated the workshop Community and Digital Ministry in the 21st Century in March 2017. For additional resources, contact the Center at 866-307-2381 or check out the Congregational Resource Guide at


Bolsinger, Tod. Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2015.
Drawing on inspiration from the Lewis and Clark expedition, Tod Bolsinger, describes the challenges facing ministry leaders today when the path ahead seemingly bears little resemblance the road behind us. Bolinger helpfully draws on the practices and principles of adaptive leadership, applying them to the practice of ministry at the outset of the 21st century.

Copeland, Adam, ed. Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith in College. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
In this book, Adam Copeland brings together the voices of Millennials or emerging adults on where they find faith on campus. Whereas most books and articles talk about millennials, this book lets us hear directly from Millennials themselves about their stories and faith in their own words.

Drescher, Elizabeth. Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones. New York, NY: Oxford Press, 2016.
The growing number of “Nones,” or religiously unaffiliated, now make up over 20% of Americans and 30% of people under 30 years old. In this book, Drescher describes this phenomenon of the “rise of the Nones” and the changing American religious landscape. However, the beating heart of the book is the first-person accounts of Nones as they describe their spiritual lives and the ways they make meaning grounded in everyday life.

Everett, Laura. Holy Spokes: The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2017.
Laura Everett is a passionate urban biker, as well as the executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches. She blends these two passions in this forthcoming book about finding God in the city. The book is noteworthy for many reasons, particularly for the ways Everett delves into her own local ministry context and uncovers the lived spirituality and community of people that may never walk through the church doors.

Thompson, Deanna. The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2016.
Deanna Thompson was a skeptic about using social media for ministry, until she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and received an amazing outpouring of love and support through her digital social networks. In this book, Thompson shares her journey from diagnosis to healing, and from skepticism to a warm embrace of these digital technologies. The book explores how the “body of Christ” is also the network of Christ in this digital age.