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Dr. Rodger Nishioka on Youth Ministry and Technology

March 12, 2014, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


“Youth Ministry and Technology”

Dr. Rodger Nishioka delivers a lecture entitled, “Youth Ministry and Technology.” 25 years ago we pretty much thought the only creature on the face of the earth that could legitimately create a “website” was a spider.  Six years ago we thought the only creature that could “tweet” was a bird.  Now we know differently.  There is no such thing as “high tech” with youth ministry.  Technology is the norm.  It is the standard.  So how do we do youth ministry in this technological age?   Do we just join them on Twitter and Instagram?  What about friending them on Facebook?  What about the emerging trend of technology sabbaths?  This session will focus on the opportunities and dilemmas surrounding technology and youth ministry.  Together, we will explore basic guidelines and best practices around technology for our ministry with youth and their families.


Dr. Rodger Nishioka Rodger Nishioka

Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka became the director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Presbyterian Church in March of 2016. He is also serving as senior associate. Born in Honolulu and raised in Seattle at the Japanese Presbyterian Church, Rodger is the son of a retired Presbyterian minister. He is one of the most sought-after and inspiring preachers in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Previously, Rodger taught at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta for 15 years. In that ministry, he taught pastors to be teachers and leaders in the church’s educational ministry, specializing in particular on youth and young adult ministry. On June 5, 2018, Heartland Presbyter approved him for ordination and installation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, in the Village on Mission Sanctuary.

Prior to teaching at Columbia Theological Seminary, Rodger was the national coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1986-1999) and taught English and Social Sciences at Curtis Junior High School (1983-1986). Rodger received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Social and Cultural Foundations of Education from Georgia State University. He earned his Master of Arts in Theological Studies with an emphasis in biblical studies and theology) from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts in English with Minor in History and a Teaching Certificate for Secondary Education (Grades 6-12).