Religious Leadership/Digital Age

IST - 2163 1 (online)

Spring 2020

Instructor: Jeffrey Mahan


Religious leadership must be appropriate to the culture within which one leads. We live in cultures increasingly shaped by the digital. This course explores ways that understandings of church, membership, religious identity, are changing in digital culture, and examines how both online and face-to-face expressions of faith are adapting to that. It asks what sort of leaders will guide faith communities into effective life and service in a culture shaped by its digital experience.

Below you will find links to the required readings, assignments, and an outline of the course organized by week (Click the text to download, or the link to open the document within Canvas.

Required Readings

Assignments and Grade Scale

Week by Week Schedule

Potential Graduates, please note : You are final paper must be submitted no later than noon on May 25, so that I can confirm that you are passing and keep you on the graduation list.  JM

Mar 24, 2020TueIntroductionsdue by 05:59AM
Mar 25, 2020WedNet Safety - Google Yourselfdue by 05:59AM
Mar 26, 2020ThuReading Discussion: Walsh, Trustworthy Leadershipdue by 05:59AM
Mar 27, 2020FriSocial Mediadue by 05:59AM
Mar 27, 2020FriIdentifying your additional readingdue by 05:59AM
Mar 28, 2020SatReturn to the week's discussiondue by 05:59AM
Mar 31, 2020TueReading Discussion: Mahan, Media, Religion and Culture, "Relating Media, Religion and Culture"due by 05:59AM
Apr 01, 2020WedMahan remarks, "The Digital Metaphor"due by 05:59AM
Apr 02, 2020ThuReading Discussion: Campbell and Gardner, Networked Religion: Considering How Faith is Lived in Networked Societydue by 05:59AM
Apr 04, 2020SatReturn to the week's discussiondue by 05:59AM
Apr 04, 2020SatDue: Locating ourselves in Social Mediadue by 05:59AM
Apr 07, 2020TueReading Discussion: Mahan, Church as Network, Intro and Chapter Onedue by 05:59AM
Apr 08, 2020WedMahan remarks, "church in digital culture"due by 05:59AM
Apr 09, 2020ThuReading Discussion, Mahan "Church in American Media Culture"due by 05:59AM
Apr 11, 2020SatReturn to the week's discussiondue by 05:59AM
Apr 14, 2020TueReading and Discussion, Mahan, Chapter Three, Church as Network: Identity.due by 05:59AM
Apr 15, 2020WedMahan remarks, "Identity Construction"due by 05:59AM
Apr 16, 2020ThuIppolito remarks, Social Media and Leadershipdue by 05:59AM
Apr 18, 2020SatReturn to the week's discussions and extend the conversation. due by 05:59AM
Apr 21, 2020TueReading Discussion, Mahan, Church as Network, Chapter Four, Communities and Networks. due by 05:59AM
Apr 22, 2020Wed Mahan remarks, "Communities and Networks"due by 05:59AM
Apr 23, 2020ThuReading Discussion: Block, Leadership is Convening due by 05:59AM
Apr 25, 2020SatReturn to the week's discussiondue by 05:59AM
Apr 28, 2020TueReading Discussion: Mahan, Chapter Five, Church as Network, Authority and Leadership due by 05:59AM
Apr 30, 2020ThuReading Discussion: Cheong, "Authority"due by 05:59AM
May 02, 2020SatReturn to the week's discussiondue by 05:59AM
May 05, 2020TueInterview a Leader, Discussiondue by 05:59AM
May 09, 2020SatInterview a Leader, post reflection paper due by 05:59AM
May 12, 2020TueWeek Eight, preparation time due by 05:59AM
May 19, 2020TueClick2Save Reboot, presentation and discussiondue by 05:59AM
May 20, 2020WedSocial Media Gospel presentation and discussiondue by 05:59AM
May 22, 2020FriSocial Media experiments discussiondue by 05:59AM
May 23, 2020SatSubmit social media reflection paperdue by 05:59AM
May 23, 2020SatReturn to the week's discussiondue by 05:59AM
May 30, 2020SatFinal week discussion points and feedbackdue by 05:59AM