I'm Stuart D. (Stu) Smith. I have served as a "tentmaker" minister Acts 18:1-6 with other employment—usually secular—supporting me as I served very small congregations in Chicago. Primary to this secular work has been the building of websites.
I graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary in 1988. From 1989 to 1996, I was an outreach minister at The Night Ministry working with persons underserved by traditional churches and secular social service agencies. I served primarily in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.
I received a Doctor of Ministry Degree from McCormick in 2001 with a concentration in Religious Education. My doctoral thesis was Out of the Church Basement and into Cyberspace: Internet-Based Religious Education for Youth. At graduation, I received McCormick's 2001 John Randall Hunt prize for the outstanding Doctor of Ministry thesis.
While I was finishing up my doctorate, I served at McCormick as the Director of Public Relations and Communications. In that position I maintained the Seminary's website and supervised or designed the institution's print materials.
Online Religious Education
My current ministry is to write and publish religious education materials and offer them on the web.
None of these websites should be used to replace the face-to-face interaction and personal relationships that characterize a worshiping community. They were designed to fill in the background, to whet the appetite, and sometimes to push students beyond what they would be expected to master. Some of this material is obviously only for more adventurous students.
These websites were initially built to hold my notes for my own teaching, and now I offer them to anyone who can use them. They are freely offered to anyone of any religious tradition who finds them useful. If you have the time, I'd love to hear how you've been able to use this material. Additionally, if you find errors in the coding or in the text, please let me know at email@example.com.
My Current Religious Education Websites
- The Spirituality Project
- Bible Geography: Maps and Quizzes
- New Member Training for PCUSA Churches
- Confirmation Class Materials
- Title to Tune in the Presbyterian Hymnal