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Abstract

VAN DEN BERG, Jan-Albert. Confessions of a YouTube preacher: Prelimaniry autoetnographical reflections on the recording and conducting of a digital worship service. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2021, vol.55, n.2, pp.1-7. ISSN 2305-0853.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ids.v55i2.2740.

Digitalisation as part of a ministry strategy was already high on the agenda of communities of faith prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. When considering possible ministry strategies, references to, among others, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its potential systemic influence were evaluated in reflections on the nature of future congregations. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, considerably complicated and accelerated these trajectories, as the digitalisation of congregations took place, as it were, overnight. An autoetnographical exploration presents a personal, intimate and subjective reflection of this dynamics as well as the significance of digitalisation for communities of faith as can be seen in die conducting and recording of a digital worship service. CONTRIBUTION: In these critical-evaluative autoetnographical reflections, the author sensitively considers, from a practical theology perspective, the possible significance of perspectives for future worship practices of communities of faith

Keywords : practical theology; digital; autoethnograhpy; 4th industrial revolution; internet; worship service; reflection; personal.

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