NetCasters: Using the Internet to Make Fishers of Men
Craig von Buseck
B & H Publishing Group
June 01, 2010
eBook, Adobe EPUB
Category: Religion / Christianity / Ministry / Evangelism
Audience: General Adult
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While God has chosen the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe, each generation throughout church history has had to move with the technology of the times and use it to reach the lost. I thank God for Craig von Buseck’s willingness, not only to move with the times, but also for his vision to help other to do the same. May God bless NetCasters and greatly use it to catch men.
—Ray Comfort, Way of the Master
NetCasters serves as both a call to effectively utilize Internet technology for evangelism and a road map of how to do that. I appreciate Craig’s heart for the Gospel and his grasp of the many opportunities for Christians to share their faith online.
—Dr. Sterling Huston
Chairman, Executive Committee
Internet Evangelism Network
NetCasters presents a unique overview into the vast and growing potential of the digital media to share the good news of Jesus. It’s well-researched and visionary coverage, interviews and case studies are indispensable to anyone needing to understand the nature of the new media and how to use them effectively.
—Tony Whittaker, coordinator of Internet Evangelism Day
As I read NetCasters this line lodged in my mind and wouldn’t let me go, “The Internet is ripe, but the laborers are few”. The stories are compelling, and even his introduction to digital technology understandable for nontechies like me. I believe this book will convince many to become “net-casters”. Count me in, Craig!
—Lon Allison, Executive Director
Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College
Craig von Buseck takes you to a place that every church must now consider as part of their growth and discipleship outreach. The white for harvest field today is the desktop, the laptop, the cell phone . . . the network. This book contains strategic advice, excellent examples, valuable contacts, and how to think about getting started as a NetCaster in this emerging digital world.
—Walt Wilson, Founder and Chairman of Global Media Outreach
In NetCasters, Craig von Buseck delivers a sobering but exciting truth. The future of evangelism lies not in sending missionaries to every corner of the globe but delivering the gospel message through the Internet to a world crazy over online media. NetCasters serves as a highly useful guide for the next generation of evangelists.
—Chris Carpenter, Director of Internet Programming, CBN.com
Craig von Buseck had me from the first few pages. I couldn’t put the book down. More than just demographics and projections, NetCasters is practical, connected, and forward directed. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in communicating Jesus Christ to our ever-developing new world. It is a must read.
—David Bruce, Webmaster HollywoodJesus.com
Craig has managed to capture, as a snapshot in time, the one church in the middle of the most awesome moment in history—the fulfillment of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ on its primary mission field of the twenty-first century! Craig unfolds the road map of the church’s travels on today’s Roman roads of Search, Social Media, Metaverses, and more on all devices in all places. Watch God move cynics, skeptics, seekers, and believers from looking for information to joining online social communities that interact and disciple in real time at the speed of light! I recommend this book—without reservation!
—Greg Outlaw, Volunteer President & CEO,
AllAboutGOD.com Ministries, Inc.
The Internet has been compared to an old spaghetti western. It contains the good, the bad, and the ugly. NetCasters should be read by every Christian desiring to increase the good by sharing the good news of salvation on the internet.
—Bill Gordon, North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention
NetCasters is a very complete and practical overview of how to go about Christian ministry on the Internet. It is well-researched, biblical, practical and passionate and strikes the right balance between wonderful storytelling and technical information. I thoroughly recommend NetCasters to anyone who wants to use computers and the Internet to facilitate the Great Commission.
—John Edmiston, Chairman/CEO Cybermissions
This book will help everyone understand the mechanics of being a NetCaster. It communicates the opportunity we have to use the collection of communication media we call “the internet” to engage people in eternal conversations. Profiles of Netcaster heroes and the liberal quoting of wisdom show how God is calling people from all walks of life to engage in the greatest communication opportunity of all time.
—Keith Seabourn, Chief Technology Officer
Campus Crusade for Christ
Craig con Buseck’s book NetCasters is a valuable resource for those wanting to learn more about using digital means to spread the gospel around the world. Craig trumpets a clear call to the church and provides her with a wealth of resources to take advantage of modern technology to further God’s kingdom. I heartily recommend it!
Netcasters presents compelling research that shows how the Internet can help us reach communities more concerned with authenticity and relationships than media hype and traditional marketing. With a mix of real-world testimonies, meticulous analysis and actual recommendations, Craig presents readers with a guidebook for reaching people in the digital generation. Craig helps to navigate the growing the world of online communication and shows not only how to use it—but tells us why we need to.
—Jesse Carey, CBN.com Blogger, Social Media Manager, and former editor of RelevantMagazine.com
Truly a man ahead of his time, Craig von Buseck is to Internet evangemlism, what Bill Gates was to Web site navigation.
—Allison Bottke, author of Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children and the founder of BoomerBabesRock.com Web site and blog
There’s never been a more exciting time to proclaim the life-changing good news of Jesus Christ to the nations. My hat’s off to Craig von Buseck for making Internet evangelism come alive in this powerful new book. Highly recommended!
—David Sanford, award-winning author and executive editor of the acclaimed Holy Bible: Mosaic, www.HolyBibleMosaic.com
We need to redeem technology and use it for God’s purposes. This book will give you fresh perspective on how we can do that.
—Mark Batterson, Lead Pastor,
National Community Church, Washington, D.C.
The future is in your hands—literally. NetCasters outlines the next wave of reaching millions of people with the good news of the gospel. This comprehensive process is made easy with Craig as your guide. You will rapidly learn how to join the “NetCasters Revolution” and be part of using the Internet for good to change lives one heart at a time.
Nationally Certified Counselor, Life Coach and Author
Finally a book that spearheads the evangelism opportunity Christians have when utilizing the power of the internet as an effective way to reach others for Christ.
—Jerome Mark Mikulich
“People do their secret thinking on the Internet,” says John Edmiston, quoted in Craig Von Buseck’s excellent book, NetCasters. That simple but profound statement opens us to why millions are searching the Web for answers to their spiritual questions. The collected information in NetCasters is so valuable I wish every church and ministry leader could read it—and bring their evangelism efforts into greater fruitfulness in this digital era.
—Rev. David R Hackett
Associate Director, visionSynergy
Are you committed to finding new ways to reach lost people in the shifting sands of today’s global culture? If so, read NetCasters! Craig von Busek has written a comprehensive guide to how the Internet is (and often is not) being used to further the kingdom. Woven throughout his well-researched material are compelling stories of how God is using technology to reach the most unlikely candidates. NetCasters calls attention to this vast harvest, rightly challenging the church to repent of apathy and use every digital means to communicate Christ’s love. Additionally, NetCasters provides practical suggestions the reader can implement immediately to expand his or her impact for Christ with a just few keystrokes and mouse clicks.
YFC Online Corrdinator, Central Ohio Youth for Christ
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Copyright 2010 by Craig von Buseck
All rights reserved
Printed in the United States of America
Published by B&H Publishing Group
Dewey Decimal Classification: 269.2
Subject Heading: INTERNET IN EVANGELISTIC WORK \ INTERNET—RELIGIOUS ASPECTS—CHRISTIANITY
Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture is from the Holman Christian Bible® Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.
At the time of the printing, all Web sites were checked for accuracy.
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To my father, Clemens von Buseck—a beacon of God’s light, leading our family and countless others to safety in the harbor of Jesus’ love.
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