Johan Engstrom Capstone Story

Ministry in the Digital Classroom

Digital Discipleship Boot Camp gave Johan Engstrom more possibilities for ministry than he ever imagined it could.

When the director of faith formation at St. Pius X Church in Rochester, NY, first heard of the boot camp, he said, “I was intrigued by the DDBC course, which in a few, relatively short sessions would introduce me to ways to utilize various forms of social media in lifelong faith formation ministries, thereby creating a Digital Classroom for Faith Formation Ministries. As it turned out, I learned more than I had expected. I also gained confidence to use my new skill sets to help parishioners grow in an understanding of their faith, as well as to experience and share faith-filled events, such as the World Meeting of Families celebration in Philadephia in 2015 with Pope Francis.”

After his boot camp, he purchased or upgraded his equipment and created a Wikispaces website where he gathered information about websites and apps that help catechists teach the four pillars of our faith: Creed, Prayer, Morality and Worship (Liturgy and Sacraments). He also learned to create websites using WIX. “This was very helpful to provide our parishioners with a better understanding of how to become ready to present themselves as candidates for Confirmation. He used Wordle, a digital art tool, to create prayerful reflections. And then, there were more uses for Twitter, Facebook, etc.

“DDBC has provided me with an excellent starting point to use digital media in lifelong faith formation ministries. I believe I am now able to use more digital tools to teach catechists as well as other catechetical leaders to feel comfortable utilizing the digital classroom.”