2013 Program

Pre-conference: e-Formation Tools Bootcamp (tool-centered training)

Your Ministry Gone Google – Parts 1 & 2 – Randall Curtis & Robbin Whittington

(This is Part 1 of a 2-part workshop)

This three hour workshop will teach you to more efficiently use Google’s three major products: Gmail, Google Docs and Drive, and Google Calendar. You may have used these programs before, but you will learn how to get the most out of Google so that you can spend less time at your computer and more time in your ministry. Each participant should have a Google account before attending the session and bring a laptop to get the full benefit of the workshop (your experience and abilities with Google will be very limited if only using a tablet).

Randall Curtis is the Ministry Developer for Young Adults and Youth for the Episcopal Church in Arkansas where he is also a licensed Evangelist. You can find Randall online at www.theholygeek.com a blog on Faith and Geek Culture that he writes and curates, He is currently working on his Google Trainer Certification. Robbin Whittington
 is Director of the  Center for Spiritual Resources (http://thecsr.org). She also owns and manages R. Brent and Company, which she established in 1993 as a publishing and consulting company, producing and publishing a wide array of books and resources for enrichment, education, and inspiration.

 

Social Media in the Congregation: Using Facebook and Twitter – Anna Rendell

Does using social media really make an impact? Have you been thinking about creating a Facebook page for your congregation or do you have a Facebook page for your congregation that you are not using effectively? What’s a tweet and how can you use Twitter in your congregation? If you’ve asked yourself these questions, this workshop is for you! Learn skills and tips for effectively utilizing Facebook and Twitter in your congregation, and why using social media matters.

Anna Rendell is Social Media Coordinator at Vibrant Faith Ministries where she provides training, webinars, and consulting services in social media for congregations and their leaders. Anna is the author of Girl with Blog (her personal blog), where she has created an active community on Facebook and Twitter. In addition, Anna frequently contributes articles to other websites and blogs.

 

Seeing Face to Face: Web-Based Video Conferencing – Julie Lytle & Kyle Oliver

Sustained relationships are essential for effective faith formation yet it is increasingly difficult to find time to meet physically. Improvements in Internet connection speeds and lightweight browser plug-ins are making reliable, affordable web conferencing available like never before. Churches and schools are getting in on the action, facilitating face-to-face connections for small groups, distance learning students, and even guests who want to see what your church is up to. Join two experienced users in surveying the video-conferencing landscape (including Skype, Google+ Hangouts, and Adobe Connect) and find the tool that’s right for you.

Dr. Julie Anne Lytle is a digital evangelist, theological educator, media consultant, and  author of Faith Formation 4.0: Introducing an Ecology of Faith in a Digital Age. Kyle Matthew Oliver is the Digital Missioner and Learning Lab Coordinator in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary.

 

Share Your Story with the World through Blogs – Sharon Ely Pearson

Learn how to share your own perspective on the world, the church, and ministry to a wider community through blogging. Derived from a mash-up of the words “web” and “log,” blogs are platforms for sharing written content, videos (vlogs) and photos. Explore how WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, Posterous, and Tumblr work and how you can create your own content in this form of digital ministry including posting, photos, comments, tagging and linking to your Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Sharon Ely Pearson is the Christian Formation Specialist with Church Publishing Incorporated with a specialty in curriculum and resources. A digital immigrant, she is a self-taught blogger (Building Faith, www.buildfaith.org). She is the co- author of The Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education, 3rd edition and author of numerous articles in a variety of journals. 

 

Expanding Social Media in Your Congregation: Pinterest, Instagram, Foursquare, LinkedIn, and More – Anna Rendell

You’re on Facebook, but now you—and your congregation—want to use more social media. Learn how to use Pinterest, Instagram, Foursquare, and LinkedIn in your congregation; and how to keep yourself organized and save time by using Tweetdeck.

Anna Rendell is Social Media Coordinator at Vibrant Faith Ministries where she provides training, webinars, and consulting services in social media for congregations and their leaders. Anna is the author of Girl with Blog (her personal blog), where she has created an active community on Facebook and Twitter. In addition, Anna frequently contributes articles to other websites and blogs.

 

Faith in Motion: Creating Video for the Web – Curtis Prather & Kyle Oliver

The Judeo-Christian tradition has always depended on the ability to tell a good story. And since at least the ascendance of YouTube in the past decade, web video has been one of the most powerful tools available. From quick-and-dirty to polished-and-professional, our presenters believe any church or school can learn to use web video—recorded and live—to tell the story of your organization and the story of the gospel. Join us to learn the basics of shooting, editing, and streaming.

Curtis W. Prather is Web and Technology Support Manager at Virginia Theological Seminary and director of the Spooky Movie Film Festival in Washington D.C. Kyle Matthew Oliver is the Digital Missioner and Learning Lab Coordinator in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary.

 

The Digital Church Welcomes You: Building an Effective Online Website Presence – Peter Turner

Your website is the first — and possibly only — impression that people have of your parish, school, diocese, or ministry.  What impression do visitors get when they visit your website?  This talk covers the do’s and don’ts to creating a dynamic website and the steps involved and, and includes review of a case study, practical examples, and resource materials to take away and use.

Peter Turner is the Technology & Communications Director for the Diocese of Washington, and is a really nice guy. 

 

Designing an Online Faith Formation Center – John Roberto

Learn the “basics” of developing an online platform (website) for faith formation – filled with great content and experiences. This workshop will utilize the Weebly.com platform for designing a website and engage you in designing a website for a target group (children & parents, youth, adults, families) and learning how to add content and experiences that provide a online center for learning and faith growth. Examples of online congregational faith formation centers will also be presented.

John Roberto of LifelongFaith Associates is editor of the journal Lifelong Faith, project coordinator of the Faith Formation Learning Exchange (Vibrant Faith Ministries), and leads the 3-day “Vision and Practice of 21st Century Faith Formation” training program in sites across the United States. His latest publication is Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith. 

 

Designing Dynamic Presentations – Lisa Kimball

How can you use the latest technologies and tools to create dynamic presentations. Explore how to get the most from Powerpoint, Prezi, Google Slides, and more to promote optimal learning.

Lisa Kimball, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS). She is passionate about equipping church leaders to nurture Christian faith across the lifespan, in formal and informal settings.

 

e-Formation Online – Learning through Online Courses – Chris Yaw

It is widely understood that the vehicle for formation delivery in most local churches is undergoing tremendous strain. There is a wondrous new frontier of online learning opportunities opening up to congregations, including the possibility that every church can now have its own online school. In this workshop we will consider the ways online courses are being developed for churches, church members, and the religiously curious, examining pedagogy and instructional design in an atmosphere of lively discussion, curiosity, and imagination.

Chris Yaw is the founder of ChurchNext, which creates, produces, and markets online learning experiences. ChurchNext delivers practical, inspiring, and affordable educational products that allow students to learn more about themselves, God, and faith. ChurchNext does this via its own website and by building online schools for congregations, the first of which open Fall, 2013. Our mission is to provide affordable Christian education for people everywhere that changes lives and improves the world.

 

Friday Evening Plenary

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“Faith Formation in the Connected, Digital World – An e-Formation Experience in Word, Music, Symbols, Images, and Ritual” – Dr. Lisa Kimball with Guest Presenters and Worship Leaders

Dr. Lisa Kimball is the Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS). She is passionate about equipping church leaders to nurture Christian faith across the lifespan, in formal and informal settings. With a background in cross-cultural communication and human development, Lisa draws from multiple disciplines and popular culture to inspire attentiveness to the holy in everyday life. 

 

Saturday Workshops & Plenary

 

e-Formation with Families: “Analytics Don’t Lie” – Leif Kehrwald

Ever send faith stuff home? How do you know it gets used? The research is clear about what families ought to do to grow in faith at home. But what are they willing to do? In the last year we have posted more than 300 faith-forming activities for 20,000+ viewers and users of Vibrant Faith @ Home (www.vibrantfaithathome.org) and we’ve learned a few things about what works and what doesn’t. Based on site analytics we’ve identified twelve characteristics of a faith-forming activity that will actually get used at home. Our authors rely on these everyday, and so should you.

Leif Kehrwald has worked in family ministry and faith formation on the local, regional, and national levels for more than thirty years. Currently he serves as Vibrant Faith @ Home Team Leader, a service of Vibrant Faith Ministries. Leif has published several books and numerous articles on family ministry. He served as the general editor for The Catholic Faith and Family Bible (HarperOne, 2010).

 

The New World of Curriculum – Sharon Ely Pearson & Dirk deVries

Teaching in the digital age has taken on new meaning, and this includes how we use resources in faith formation. Digital delivery is becoming more popular in providing Christian education materials as educators and students are going online to find reliable, valuable and up-to-the-minute information. On-line curriculum offers flexibility as well as ways to connect to multi-media in ways we have only begun to discover. How has curricular design kept up with how content is now delivered to digital immigrants teaching digital natives?  What does the future look like for Christian education resources?

Sharon Ely Pearson is the Christian Formation Specialist with Church Publishing Incorporated with a specialty in curriculum and resources. A digital immigrant, she is a self-taught blogger (Building Faith, www.buildfaith.org). She is the co- author of The Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education, 3rd edition and author of numerous articles in a variety of journals. Dirk deVries is the author of a number of resources published over the years by Living the Good News/Morehouse Education Resources. He lives and works in Denver, CO, acquiring and developing educational resources for mainline churches.

 

Faith Formation 4.0 – Julie Ann Lytle

Jesus told stories (1.0-Oral), Paul wrote letters (2.0-Written), Reformers used the printing press while televangelists used radio and television to bring the Good News into every home (3.0-Mass-Mediated). Today, faithful people are integrating digital media and social networking into their efforts to invite and welcome new members (evangelization) as well as share Christian wisdom and practices (faith formation) (4.0-Interactive). Their efforts depend not only on knowing the Christian message of God’s enduring love, but also how to use today’s tools appropriately, In addition to exploring the four eras of faith formation and the inherent characteristics of various communications media that influenced them, this workshop introduces a mantra, “Message, Method, then Media,” and the theological, educational, and technological wisdom necessary to guide decision-making in the Digital Age.

Dr. Julie Anne Lytle is a digital evangelist, theological educator, media consultant, and author of Faith Formation 4.0: Introducing an Ecology of Faith in a Digital Age (Church Publishing, 2013).

 

Advanced Web Design Seminar – Randall Curtis & Robbin Whittington

Dive deeper with this seminar-style session on advanced web development topics, including search engine optimization (SEO) techniques. Help take your website to the next level.

Randall Curtis is the Ministry Developer for Young Adults and Youth for the Episcopal Church in Arkansas where he is also a licensed Evangelist. You can find Randall online at www.theholygeek.com a blog on Faith and Geek Culture that he writes and curates, He is currently working on his Google Trainer Certification. Robbin Whittington
 is Director of the  Center for Spiritual Resources (http://thecsr.org). She also owns and manages R. Brent and Company, which she established in 1993 as a publishing and consulting company, producing and publishing a wide array of books and resources for enrichment, education, and inspiration.

 

e-Formation Learning Technologies in School SettingsTim Welch

Learn a variety of ways to integrate technology into faith formation within schools (grades 1-12). This session will explore web tools, application ideas, how to use a tablet in learning and faith formation, and how to “flip” the classroom using the new online resources. The session will include many examples. Participants at all levels of tech familiarity will feel comfortable in this workshop.

Tim Welch is the Consultant for Educational Technology at Catholic Educational Ministries, Diocese of Saint Cloud, MN. Tim is constantly seeking ways of journeying with others to implement new technologies when they can serve ministry, ignore new technologies when they seem to be passing fads, and explore new technologies when they seem promising but daunting.

 

Keynote Presentation: The New Media Ecology

Sarah Lumbard, Vice President, Content Strategy & Operations, National Public Radio

As Vice President of Content Strategy and Operations, Sarah Lumbard helps coordinate strategy across the News, Programming and Digital divisions, oversee budgets, and shepherds a growing number of cross-divisional initiatives and outside partnerships. Previously she was Executive Director of Content Strategy and Operations. Prior to that role, she served as Senior Director of Product Strategy and Development, and led and managed all of the NPR digital initiatives on existing and emerging platforms to ensure that the public can find and enjoy NPR and station content wherever they choose, now and in the future, regardless of platform. Today, these platforms include online, the mobile web, iPhone and Android applications for phone and tablet, podcasts, social media, and a suite of APIs.

 

Interactive Session with Keynote Presenter Sarah Lumbard

This is an opportunity to engage in discussion with Sarah Lumbard and the key ideas presented in her keynote presentation in a smaller group format.

 

World Wide Witness: Empowering Digital Evangelists – Kyle Oliver & Weston Mathews

Social media have created a new public square where opinions matter and where change gains momentum. Many Christian thinkers see this phenomenon as an opportunity to practice and witness to their faith in positive, non-coercive ways. Our speakers will hold up best practices for online evangelism and reflect on its place in forming the faith of disciples on any stage of their journey.

Kyle Matthew Oliver is the Digital Missioner and Learning Lab Coordinator in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. Weston Mathews is the Forum Coordinator at Virginia Theological Seminary and seminarian at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill.

 

e-Formation Online – Learning through Online Courses

It is widely understood that the vehicle for formation delivery in most local churches is undergoing tremendous strain. There is a wondrous new frontier of online learning opportunities opening up to congregations, including the possibility that every church can now have its own online school. In this workshop we will consider the ways online courses are being developed for churches, church members, and the religiously curious, examining pedagogy and instructional design in an atmosphere of lively discussion, curiosity, and imagination.

Chris Yaw is the founder of ChurchNext, which creates, produces, and markets online learning experiences. ChurchNext delivers practical, inspiring, and affordable educational products that allow students to learn more about themselves, God, and faith. ChurchNext does this via its own website and by building online schools for congregations, the first of which open Fall, 2013. Our mission is to provide affordable Christian education for people everywhere that changes lives and improves the world

 

Christian Formation through e-Learning Methodologies: Examples and Best Practices in the Latino/Hispanic Context – Victor A. Feliberty-Ruberté, Pablo Velásquez Abreu, Omayra Caraballo Pagán, and Diana Rivera

The objective of this panel is to explore the myths and realities of virtual methods and to explain some pedagogical models for e-learning and e-formation through the proven experiences of two programs: one Chruch-related in Colombia and another University-based from Puerto Rico to the world.

Dr. Diana E. Montalvo-Rivera has worked at the Universidad Interamericana [Inter American University] of Puerto Rico since 1985. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Business Administration Department. She has designed and teaches distance courses such as Managerial Finance for undergraduate and graduate students, International Financial Management and Labor Economics in the graduate program. She holds a doctoral degree in Education with a concentration in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University of Florida. Her most recent research: Factors that Affect Retention and Attrition in Online Students.

 

Mobile Apps for Faith Formation: What Do We Need, and How Do We Get There? – Kyle Oliver

Mobile technology is shaping the landscape of teaching and learning in ways that even education scholars can barely keep up with. So how can pastors and faith formation practitioners use the best of what’s out there and help to shape future offerings? Our speaker curates apps for a faith formation learning center and has dipped his toes in the development waters as well. Come learn with him and others who believe that apps can help disciples nurture their faith at home and on the go.

Kyle Matthew Oliver is the Digital Missioner and Learning Lab Coordinator in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary.

 

e-Formation Learning Methods – Tim Welch

Discover a variety of digital tools and methods that can be utilized in faith formation with all ages, including digital storytelling tools (photos, video, Prezi, YouTube Editor, etc.) and Blogger/Wordpress as a delivery platform. The session will also explore the “flipped” classroom as a great tool for age-group and inter-generational models of learning.

Tim Welch is the Consultant for Educational Technology at Catholic Educational Ministries, Diocese of Saint Cloud, MN. Tim is constantly seeking ways of journeying with others to implement new technologies when they can serve ministry, ignore new technologies when they seem to be passing fads, and explore new technologies when they seem promising but daunting.

 

Formation in Cyberspace: Social Media and Interactive Communication in the Church and Academy – Victor A. Feliberty-Ruberté, Rolando Méndez, Edgar Giraldo-Orozco

The objective of this panel is to define the communication strategies and social media engagement activities for teaching and learning in the context of the Church and Academia.

Prof. Rolando Méndez is a licensed Public Relations professional and communications consultant. Has a Bachelor’s in International Public Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, a Master’s in Advertising from the University of the Sacred Heart, and is currently working on his certification with the Sales and Marketing Executives International (SMEI) Association. He’s a full time instructor at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico’s Ponce Campus, teaching courses for the Business Administration and Social Sciences departments, and also coordinating the Center for Innovation and Creativity in Education, a project dedicated to multimedia production for online courses and integration of new technologies in the learning process. He’s involved in local and national projects related to student retention, social media, digital literacy, community empowerment and rights equality.

 

Sunday Workshops & Plenary

 

Bringing e-Formation to Life in Your Setting – Application Workshops

  1. Children & Family e-Formation – Leif Kehrwald, facilitator
  2. Youth e-Formation – Randall Curtis, facilitator
  3. Young Adult e-Formation – Kyle Oliver, facilitator
  4. Adult e-Formation – Lisa Kimball, facilitator
  5. Older Adult e-Formation – Robbin Whittington, facilitator
  6. Multi-Generational e-Formation – John Roberto, facilitator
  7. Leadership & e-Formation – Julie Lytle, facilitator

 

Images of the Future of e-Formation Formation Dr. Lisa Kimball with Guest Presenters

Experience images of the future of e-Formation in word, worship, music, and art. Listen to a variety of voices imagining the future of faith formation in a connected, digital world. Create your vision of the future of faith formation in your setting.

Dr. Lisa Kimball is the Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS).