A new edge to the web of learning

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Between 12 and 14 of November, the Centre for Theology and Ministry conducted its annual Preaching and Ministry conference, preparing ministers and worship leaders for working with the lectionary cycle for the approaching liturgical year.

This year’s conference had an extra edge to it as a considerable number of people took part by live-streaming. This meant that not all participants had to travel to Melbourne for the three days. Instead many took the opportunity to gather with ministerial colleagues and lay leaders locally to share in the learning experience.

In fact more people participated by live-streaming than came to the CTM in Parkville.

Live-streaming for the conference comprised the digital streaming of the video and audio of lectures along with lecturers’ power-point presentations. Remote participants could give feedback and ask questions of the presenters by typing their contributions and questions into the program, which were then relayed to the presenter.

In Horsham a group of 12 to 16 participants gathered over the three days along with up to seven people in Tasmania. A number of individuals also took part.

The Gospel of Matthew is the gospel which forms the backbone of the gospel reading in this coming year, Year A in the Lectionary Cycle.

The introduction of the live-streaming initiative has opened up new options for enhancing and extending the CTM’s web of learning, enabling more people around the synod of Victoria and Tasmania to benefit from the learning opportunities the CTM offers and the excellence of the CTM faculty and its adjunct teachers.

The CTM would like to be able to make use of the services of volunteer operators for this live-streaming initiative. If you have good computer skills and could be available at irregular times through the year please contact Andrew Boyle on 9340 8824.

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