Memes are funny, memorable, and also an effective way to share distilled information in a captivating format. Here is one way to harness the power of memes in the classroom.
This in-class activity was part of the final session of a capstone practical ministry course. The question was simple: why do we engage in ministry? The class discussed related questions in-depth in table groups and reported back to the larger group. Then came the challenge: is it possible to distill the answers into something concise? What can we say about why we engage in ministry that doesn’t require the listener to have a theological degree? How can we share?
Each table was asked to come up with at least two memes. Most tables made many, many more. The class then looked at the memes together. There was laughter, to be sure, but also honest discussions about how to best explain why we engage in ministry in an accessible and honest way.