Technology

Discipleship
Lisa Buffum and Steve Wilke stroll the campus at The Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College, a United Methodist institution in Winfield, Kansas. They work on BeADisciple, an online learning program for Christians that became more popular during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Sara Weinert.

COVID sparks interest in BeADisciple courses

BeADisciple, which offers online courses and certification in many ministry specialties, reports an increase in students and courses that coincided with the coronavirus pandemic
Young People
Early childhood teacher Ruth Nemakanga helps Patience Chipakatira learn to use a desktop computer at the United Methodist Hartzell Central Primary School in Mutare, Zimbabwe. A grant from the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries funded 10 desktop computers that will serve 173 students. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Hartzell school embraces new technology

Thanks to a United Methodist Global Ministries grant, 10 desktop computers enhance teaching and learning for 173 young students.
Faith Stories
GW Stark, the son of a United Methodist preacher, refashions his father’s sermons from the 1950s through the 1970s into podcasts from his home in Franklin, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Sermons revived 25 years after pastor’s death

The Son of a Preacher Podcast refashions vintage sermons by United Methodist pastor the Rev. Wallace A. Stark as bite-size podcasts, with commentary from his son, GW Stark.
Local Church
Ethel Battle learns how to use her new tablet computer during a training session for Project Connect at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. The church received a $7,000 grant from Discipleship Ministries to help seniors remain connected to church and community services, many of which moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Ministry connects seniors with today’s tech

Seniors are making strides into the computer age at a north Nashville church, thanks to classes made possible by a grant from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries.

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