Podcasting and Media Broadcast Ministry are some of the newest options.
JLike many others around the world, members of the Seventh-day Adventist Club in the UK have lost much after the lockout was announced in March 2020. Large youth camps and gatherings, for example, have been canceled indefinitely.
Some leaders think there is a downside to “the new normal,” because it has triggered an increase in eHonors offerings, or course members can go online to learn new skills that cover a variety of interests.
At the British Union Conference (BUC), a church region that includes England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, new reality has been translated into the use of increasingly technological tools to attract and train a new generation of Pathfinders, said Adventist Review Media Lab director Daryl Gungadoo . UK-based Gungadoo has acted as the developer and instructor of several new eHonors options.
“This is an initiative that has begun in conversations with BUC youth leader Dejan Stojkovic,” Gungadoo said after hosting one of the eHonors courses at the end of June 2020. “This was held at Zoom and Facebook Live initially for the United Kingdom, but with quickly developing as a global service. “
Gungadoo revealed that between 200 and 500 participants came every week from Britain, the United States, the Caribbean, Australia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
One of the newest eHonors options is Podcasting, a joint initiative between BUC and Adventist Review Ministries. Podcasting is a market, said Gungadoo, which has grown exponentially since mid-2010 because of the sociological trends of people who want mobility, flexibility, and choice. “What Netflix has made for TV viewers, podcasting is doing for radio, follows the motto ‘Anything, Anywhere, Anytime,'” he explained.
According to Gungadoo, the first goal of the new eHonor is that Pathfinders can broaden their knowledge of special podcasts (as consumers) within a day and confinement period.
“Pathfinders who understand technology can help their parents find ways to subscribe to podcasts, which are very useful for people who are ‘trapped’ in retirement homes,” Gungadoo said.
At the same time, he believes that by making podcasts based on their church or personal experience, Pathfinders can reflect and express their faith.
The eHonor Podcasting syllabus includes learning to define the terms RSS, aggregator, and Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), among others. Pathfinders must demonstrate that they are familiar with recording hardware, including microphones and mixers, and DAW tools such as Adobe Audition and Audacity.
“Pathfinders must also demonstrate their mastery of publishing their podcast, show it online, and share it,” Gungadoo said. “When they do, they are also invited to reflect on how podcasting can be used for evangelism and maintenance.”
Gungadoo said it’s not difficult to start podcasts as long as you have good microphone, computer and audio editing skills. It’s more difficult, he said, to survive and continue to produce episodes every day / weekly / monthly when ideas dry up.
“But successful and popular podcasts are consistent over time,” he said.
Gungadoo believes this is not the end, because a series of other skills that are somehow marginalized are now used to adapt to the “new normal.”
“We can increase our offerings with topics such as ‘How to Live-stream Your Church,’ or ‘Live-stream Church Houses,'” said Gungadoo. “So, in the near future, these kinds of skills might see themselves as respecting Pathfinders as well.”