Some leaders think there’s an upside to the new normal, as it has triggered an increasing selection of eHonours, or courses members can take online to learn new skills covering a wide variety of interests.
In the British Union Conference (BUC), a church region that includes England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, the new reality has translated into a growing use of technological tools to attract and train a new generation of Pathfinders, said Adventist Review Media Lab Director Daryl Gungadoo. UK-based Gungadoo has been instrumental as a developer and instructor of several of the new eHonours options.
“This initiative started in conversations with BUC youth leader Dejan Stojković,” Gungadoo said after hosting one of the eHonours courses in late June 2020. “It has been held over Zoom and Facebook LIVE initially for the territory of Great Britain, but quickly expanded as a global service.”
Gungadoo revealed that between 200 and 500 participants are coming every week from the U.K., the U.S., the Caribbean, Australia, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
One of the newest ehonours options is Podcasting, a joint initiative between the BUC and Adventist Review Ministries. Podcasting is a market, Gungadoo said, that has been growing exponentially since the mid-2010s due to a sociological trend of people wanting mobility, flexibility, and choice.
“What Netflix created for the TV audience, podcasting did for radio, following the motto ‘Any Content, Anywhere, Anytime,’” he explains.
According to Gungadoo, the first goal of the new eHonour is that Pathfinders can expand their knowledge regarding specialized podcasts (as consumers) in the day and age of confinement.