2015 Program

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The e-Formation 2015 program is just about set! We’re so excited about this year’s slate of speakers, topics, and conversations. (New to e-Formation? You can also check out the 2013 and 2014 programs.)

Conference Schedule

Want to see the workshops on a grid? They are available here: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

Sunday, May 31

4 pm – 8 pm       Registration

Monday, June 1: Congregational Growth & Development in a Digital World

7:15 am               Breakfast for Dorm Guests

8:00 am              Registration, Morning Refreshment, Exhibits

8:30 am              Worship & Welcome

9:00 am              Workshops Round 1

Congregational Hospitality: How to Really Welcome the Stranger, Beth Lewis

Beth LewisAs a visitor to a different congregation almost every Sunday since September 2002, Beth Lewis, President & CEO for Augsburg Fortress, has developed a strong sense of what works and what doesn’t in terms of how congregations reach out to visitors and prospective members. You will come away from this session with specific, practical ideas for living out our Biblical mandate of welcome and improve hospitality for mission in your congregation.

Beth Lewis is the President & CEO of Augsburg Fortress (AF). Prior to joining AF in 2002, she was an entrepreneur owning a computer and technology career school for 4 years. For 22 years before that, she worked for several Fortune 500 publishing companies. Under her leadership, AF has provided innovative leadership in the creation of print and digital resources for the Church including the launch in 2009 of sparkhouse, their ecumenical faith formation division.

Managing Volunteers, Part 1: Assessing and Recruiting, Randall Curtis

Randall CurtisWhat if we were to take a more professional look at Volunteer Management in the Church? What if instead of taking whoever said yes to an announcement we actually recruited volunteers for their gifts and abilities? In Part 1 come learn ways to asses your current volunteer opportunities at your organization and begin more effective recruiting of volunteers.

Randall Curtis is the Ministry Developer for Young Adults and Youth in the Episcopal Church in Arkansas. He is the President of Forma, a network of over 400 Christian formation leaders in the Episcopal Church. Randall is the Holy Geek of theholygeek.com.  He also maintains episcoforma.org, eycarkansas.org, videosforyoursoul.com and about 20 various social media presences.  He lives in Maumelle, AR with his wife, daughter, two pugs, a hamster and 6 Russian Tortoises.

Message Sent/Message Received: Using our words to link communications to mission, Nancy Davidge

Nancy DavidgeA common challenge for any congregation, large or small, is communications. How can we effectively and efficiently share information with our congregations? Where do we start? In Message Sent/Message Received you’ll see how linking communication to mission can be an effective way to connect people to each other, creating opportunities to share experiences and good ideas, and helping us to recognize the intersection of faith with our daily life. We’ll share examples of ways to incorporate individual stories of how God is working in and through members of your congregation into your communications channels using the resources at hand.

Nancy Davidge is associate program director at the Episcopal Church Foundation and editor of ECF Vital Practices. She works extensively with Episcopal congregations and organizations, seeking out and working with vital congregations, sharing their stories and experiences through ECF Vital Practices. Nancy is passionate about helping congregational leaders transform their thinking about communication, recognizing it as an opportunity to share our stories and the Good News rather than primarily as a means to transmit information.

Describing Your Programs with Infographics, Stacy Williams Duncan

SWD headshot 1Infographics are visual tools that convey information in an engaging and easy to access format. Professionals from advertising to big data use them to connect with people and help them understand the importance of the information being communicated. This workshop will explore how we can use infographics as formational tools and to promote programs. You will leave with a style guide for infograhics and list of tools to help you create them.

The Reverend Stacy Williams-Duncan has served Episcopal parishes and schools on both coasts, and she is an Ed.D. Student in Curriculum, Learning, and Teaching at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. Her research focuses on innovating theological education by using research-based practices of teaching and learning and increasing the use of educational technology.

Quick & Dirty Intro to Livestreaming Worship, Christopher Harris

Christopher HarrisThis session will provide an overview of how to livestream church services and events. Discussion will include necessary hardware, hospitality issues (including chat rooms), and whether to upload print content. Christopher Harris also will highlight real examples of churches successfully livestreaming, and the technical and messaging issues they had to work through.

Born a geek, Christopher Harris coded his first church website in 1997. In 2003 he entered Seminary, concluding his M.Div studies just as social media reached a tipping point when Facebook opened its site to the public. Via his company, Faith Growth, Christopher and his team help churches move to a digital-first mindset, whether helping to develop a new website, implement smart social media practices, or develop a comprehensive plan to effectively engage and grow church communities online.

10:30 am            Break

10:45 am            Workshops Round 2

Message Sent/Message Received: Using our words to link communications to mission, Nancy Davidge

Nancy DavidgeA common challenge for any congregation, large or small, is communications. How can we effectively and efficiently share information with our congregations? Where do we start? In Message Sent/Message Received you’ll see how linking communication to mission can be an effective way to connect people to each other, creating opportunities to share experiences and good ideas, and helping us to recognize the intersection of faith with our daily life. We’ll share examples of ways to incorporate individual stories of how God is working in and through members of your congregation into your communications channels using the resources at hand.

Nancy Davidge is associate program director at the Episcopal Church Foundation and editor of ECF Vital Practices. She works extensively with Episcopal congregations and organizations, seeking out and working with vital congregations, sharing their stories and experiences through ECF Vital Practices. Nancy is passionate about helping congregational leaders transform their thinking about communication, recognizing it as an opportunity to share our stories and the Good News rather than primarily as a means to transmit information.

 

Google or God? The Answer: Both The results of an online proof-of-concept test, Jake Dell

Jake DellAsk Google a question about God, the church, or Jesus Christ and chances are that you’ll get a Mormon answer. Digital Media is a powerful marketing and recruiting tool that’s being used effectively by major religious organizations, popular household brands, start-ups and terrorist organizations alike. But The Episcopal Church has yet to really jump in with both feet. Find out about a small, digital test campaign that was conducted last fall in the Diocese of New York by Office of Mission Communication of The Episcopal Church and how this powerful medium can be used to grow the Church and win converts to the Faith.

The Rev. Jake Dell is the manager of digital marketing and advertising sales for the Episcopal Church. He is also a Lieutenant in the Chaplain Corps, United States Navy Reserve and an assisting priest at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City. He has previous industry experience in information technology, database marketing, fundraising, marketing and digital media. He is a graduate of Yale University and Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He lives and works in New York City.

Creating an Intergenerational Church Culture, John Roberto

John RobertoDiscover how to create a new faith forming ecosystem for making disciples and promoting lifelong faith growth that is responsive to the challenges of the 21st century and the religious and spiritual needs of people today. At the heart of the new ecosystem is the rediscovery of the power of intergenerational relationships, and the events and experiences of the whole faith community. Learn how to intentionally foster intergenerational relationships, faith sharing, and storytelling; incorporate all generations in worship; develop service projects that involve all ages; and engage all generations in learning together.

John Roberto of LifelongFaith Associates is editor of the journal Lifelong Faith, and author of Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century, Generations Together: Caring, Celebrating, Learning Praying, and Serving Faithfully (co-authored, 2014), and Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith (2010). He also works on the Vibrant Faith staff as Special Projects Coordinator.

Sharing Your (Church Plant’s) Story Through Social Media, Alex Montes-Vela

Social media opens the opportunity to share your story to people with whom you would otherwise not been able to connect, and it gives the opportunity for others to add to this story as well. As a church plant, St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church had to find ways of connecting with its surrounding community. Social media gave us the tools to invite people to take a glance at our community and our evolving story, with the hope that it would inspire them to become part of it. How did we use images? How did we use video? Which things worked? What things did not? What did we learn? These are the questions this workshop will address in hopes that it will inspire to share your story to those in your surrounding community.

Alex Montes-Vela is the founding pastor of a multiethnic and bilingual community, St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Manor, Texas (a suburb northeast of Austin), which began in his home. Social media became tools St. Mary Magdalene used to share their evolving story and invite people to become part of that story. After meeting at the Manor High School cafeteria for four and a half years, St. Mary Magdalene (whose majority were not part of a faith community in the past) recently moved to their own campus. Alex is married to Thi, and they have three adult children: Thanh (a high school band director in Houston), Alissa (a middle school math teacher) and Laurita (a junior at the University of Texas).

Congregational Hospitality: How to Really Welcome the Stranger, Beth Lewis

Beth LewisAs a visitor to a different congregation almost every Sunday since September 2002, Beth Lewis, President & CEO for Augsburg Fortress, has developed a strong sense of what works and what doesn’t in terms of how congregations reach out to visitors and prospective members. You will come away from this session with specific, practical ideas for living out our Biblical mandate of welcome and improve hospitality for mission in your congregation.

Beth Lewis is the President & CEO of Augsburg Fortress (AF). Prior to joining AF in 2002, she was an entrepreneur owning a computer and technology career school for 4 years. For 22 years before that, she worked for several Fortune 500 publishing companies. Under her leadership, AF has provided innovative leadership in the creation of print and digital resources for the Church including the launch in 2009 of sparkhouse, their ecumenical faith formation division.

12:15 pm             Lunch

1:30 pm              Plenary: Leadership, Culture & Networked Ministry, Keith Anderson

Keith AndersonHow can congregations and ministry leaders grow and thrive at the outset of the 21st century in the face of decreasing religious affiliation and rapid technological change? In his new book, The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World, Rev. Keith Anderson argues that we need a more expansive and networked understanding of ways of being church, building community, nurturing faith, and sharing the Gospel.

In his presentation, Anderson will describe how we can build our own digital cathedrals across local and digital gathering spaces, and he will share stories of faith communities and ministry leaders from across the country who are engaging the shifting field of ministry practice and helping point the way forward.

The Reverend Keith Anderson is a pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church near Philadelphia, author of The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World (Morehouse, 2015), and co-author with Elizabeth Drescher of Click2Save: The Digital Ministry Bible (Morehouse 2012). A leader in digital ministry and sought after speaker and writer, his work on religion, new media, and popular culture has appeared on The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Day 1, and The New Media Project.

3:00 pm             Break

3:15 pm              Workshops Round 3

Taste & See: Social Media in Event & Relational Evangelism, Anthony Guillén

Anthony GuillenExplore ways to create engaging content for social media that will make the most of events like Ashes To Go and turn them into significant multiplex experiences of incarnational/relational evangelism. This workshop will focus on creating together liturgical events outside of the church that can connect us to people we may never meet otherwise. Imagine what could happen if we took the Palm Sunday blessing of the palms to parks and shopping centers or celebrated Rogation Sunday at the local farmers market? How about Tweeting the Stations of the Cross and offering Sunday liturgy when the weather precludes us from holding worship at church. And we promote this via social media as well as sharing our experience with others live. Plan the party, send the invites, enjoy the feast!  Sound familiar?  Why not approach evangelism the same way?

The Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén is the Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. As Missioner, Guillén developed the Episcopal Church’s Strategic Vision for Reaching Latinos/Hispanics which was adopted at General Convention in 2009. This Strategic Vision presents the dynamics of ministering to today’s Latino/Hispanic communities, the majority of whom are American-born Latinos characterized as multi-generation, English-dominant, or bilingual and bicultural. Guillén is a strong believer and practitioner of utilizing social media and digital resources for Christian Formation and Evangelism. Guillén is a collaborator who encourages partnering with the ELCA [Lutheran Church] in training church planters [mission developers]; women’s ministry; lay leadership development; and establishing joint Latino/Hispanic congregations. Guillén and the Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries aim to support the Five Marks of Mission, specifically to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom and to teach and baptize and nurture new believers.rch.

Managing Volunteers, Part 2: Training and Celebrating, Randall Curtis

Randall CurtisYou have people who have said yes. NOW WHAT? Don’t set them loose without expectations and plans and wonder why they quit or don’t perform as well as you would like. In Part 2 we will look at how to train our volunteers for success and how to celebrate their good work effectively.

Randall Curtis is the Ministry Developer for Young Adults and Youth in the Episcopal Church in Arkansas. He is the President of Forma, a network of over 400 Christian formation leaders in the Episcopal Church. Randall is the Holy Geek of theholygeek.com.  He also maintains episcoforma.org, eycarkansas.org, videosforyoursoul.com and about 20 various social media presences.  He lives in Maumelle, AR with his wife, daughter, two pugs, a hamster and 6 Russian Tortoises.

Creating an Intergenerational Church Culture, John Roberto

John RobertoDiscover how to create a new faith forming ecosystem for making disciples and promoting lifelong faith growth that is responsive to the challenges of the 21st century and the religious and spiritual needs of people today. At the heart of the new ecosystem is the rediscovery of the power of intergenerational relationships, and the events and experiences of the whole faith community. Learn how to intentionally foster intergenerational relationships, faith sharing, and storytelling; incorporate all generations in worship; develop service projects that involve all ages; and engage all generations in learning together.

John Roberto of LifelongFaith Associates is editor of the journal Lifelong Faith, and author of Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century, Generations Together: Caring, Celebrating, Learning Praying, and Serving Faithfully (co-authored, 2014), and Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith (2010). He also works on the Vibrant Faith staff as Special Projects Coordinator.

Preaching in a Digital Age, Colin Chapman

Colin ChapmanDigital tools have dramatically shaped the way we communicate with our parishioners during the week, so it should come as no surprise that there are a multitude of digital resources to help communicate the Good News from the pulpit on Sundays. In this workshop, we will look at digital resources to help prepare your sermon, from conception to final draft, and even tools one might consider to enhance their delivery.

Colin Chapman is the Associate Rector at Christ and Holy Trinity in Westport, CT where he focuses on Communications and Teenagers. While at the General Theological Seminary, he helped to crate the Digital Formation program which offered a series of webinars, online videos, and in person training on utilizing digital communications in the parish setting.

Google or God? The Answer: Both The results of an online proof-of-concept test, Jake Dell

Jake DellAsk Google a question about God, the church, or Jesus Christ and chances are that you’ll get a Mormon answer. Digital Media is a powerful marketing and recruiting tool that’s being used effectively by major religious organizations, popular household brands, start-ups and terrorist organizations alike. But The Episcopal Church has yet to really jump in with both feet. Find out about a small, digital test campaign that was conducted last fall in the Diocese of New York by Office of Mission Communication of The Episcopal Church and how this powerful medium can be used to grow the Church and win converts to the Faith.

The Rev. Jake Dell is the manager of digital marketing and advertising sales for the Episcopal Church. He is also a Lieutenant in the Chaplain Corps, United States Navy Reserve and an assisting priest at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City. He has previous industry experience in information technology, database marketing, fundraising, marketing and digital media. He is a graduate of Yale University and Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He lives and works in New York City.

4:45 pm              Open Conversations (Evangelism, Volunteers, Communication, Racial and Cultural Diversity Online, Worship) / Networking / Consultation / Free Time

6:00 pm             Optional Bus to King Street Station for Dorm Guests

6:45 pm             e-Formation en español: Hospitalidad y oración

7:00 pm            e-Formation en español: Conferencia y clausura

Tuesday, June 2: Digital Tools/Skills Bootcamp

7:15 am               Breakfast for Dorm Guests

8:00 am              Registration, Morning Refreshment, Exhibits

8:30 am              Worship & Welcome

9:00 am              Workshops Round 1

Post-Modern Stained Glass: Using Pinterest and Instagram in Your Ministry, Keith Anderson

Keith AndersonThe internet is rapidly becoming a visually-driven medium and the image-based social media platforms Instagram and Pinterest are at the forefront of this shift. Drawing on his research and interviews with innovative ministry leaders, Keith Anderson, will share and describe uses for these important platforms in faith formation and other ministry areas.

The Reverend Keith Anderson is a pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church near Philadelphia, author of The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World (Morehouse, 2015), and co-author with Elizabeth Drescher of Click2Save: The Digital Ministry Bible (Morehouse 2012). A leader in digital ministry and sought after speaker and writer, his work on religion, new media, and popular culture has appeared on The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Day 1, and The New Media Project.

Google Dash Session 1: Gmail, Randall Curtis and Colin Chapman

Randall Curtis Colin ChapmanGoogle’s free suite can be a powerful set of tools to help your ministry serve more effectively. Spend three sessions today with two self-proclaimed Google Jedi and church geeks who will share with you the techniques to use the tools more effectively. To get the most out of this workshop a laptop is recommended as many of these tools are not fully available on mobile devices. Please come to the class with a Google or Gmail account that you have full access to before the workshop.

Session 1: Gmail
Session 2: Calendar and Drive
Session 3: Google Forms, Hangouts, Advanced Collaboration and Super-Awesome Cool Google Tricks

Randall Curtis is the Ministry Developer for Young Adults and Youth in the Episcopal Church in Arkansas. He is the President of Forma, a network of over 400 Christian formation leaders in the Episcopal Church. Randall is the Holy Geek of theholygeek.com.  He also maintains episcoforma.org, eycarkansas.org, videosforyoursoul.com and about 20 various social media presences.  He lives in Maumelle, AR with his wife, daughter, two pugs, a hamster and 6 Russian Tortoises.

Colin Chapman is the Associate Rector at Christ and Holy Trinity in Westport, CT where he focuses on Communications and Teenagers. While at the General Theological Seminary, he helped to crate the Digital Formation program which offered a series of webinars, online videos, and in person training on utilizing digital communications in the parish setting.

Free and Low-Cost Learning Management Systems, Stacy Williams Duncan

SWD headshot 1Learning Management Systems (LMS) are not just for large universities and school systems. Parishes and not-for-profits can create a secure digital community where adults or youth can interact and connect. During this workshop you will discover 10 ways your community might want to use an LMS, what platforms are easy to use and inexpensive, and important best practices to consider as you set up an LMS.

The Reverend Stacy Williams-Duncan has served Episcopal parishes and schools on both coasts, and she is an Ed.D. Student in Curriculum, Learning, and Teaching at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. Her research focuses on innovating theological education by using research-based practices of teaching and learning and increasing the use of educational technology.

Basic Social Media for Congregations, Rachel Tjornehoj

Rachel TjornehojLikes, tweets, Pages, shares, posts…where do we begin? In this workshop, we will look at questions to help your congregation shape its social media plan. The workshop will also include an introduction to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, focusing on their unique features and how your congregation can use them to engage your members and community.

Rachel Tjornehoj is the Communications Specialist for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. She connects members and leaders across the EDOW community through the diocese’s social media, website, and weekly e-bulletins. In addition to her work at EDOW, Rachel is a graphic designer for Forward Movement.

Marketing Your Ministry: Best Practices for Effective Evangelism, Jake Dell

Jake DellUnderstand what your ministry needs to know about marketing and advertising. Since the time of the Gospel writers, the Church has used effective marketing techniques to reach potential members. Though the tactics change (epistle, preaching, book, tract, television, radio, social media) the strategy does not. In this workshop you will learn:
• How to “plunder Egypt” — what you can take from the world of commercial advertising
• What a conversion funnel is and how to use it
• How to generate inbound leads
• Getting the most out of your church’s website (HINT: It has nothing to do with your homepage)
• The 5 components of a church marketing plan
Does your ministry have a website? Are you using Social Media? Are you blogging? If you do –or even if you just starting out — this session will teach you the basics of marketing strategy and planning so that you can learn to use these powerful tools effectively.

The Rev. Jake Dell is the manager of digital marketing and advertising sales for the Episcopal Church. He is also a Lieutenant in the Chaplain Corps, United States Navy Reserve and an assisting priest at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City. He has previous industry experience in information technology, database marketing, fundraising, marketing and digital media. He is a graduate of Yale University and Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He lives and works in New York City.

Easy Graphic Design with Canva, Kate Siberine

Kate SiberineTired of bad church clipart? Come explore the basics of Canva.com, a free and easy to use online graphic design platform where you can create everything from your own social media campaign images to bulletin covers.

Kate Siberine is a VTS M.Div. student from the Diocese of Chicago and the digital design assistant in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching. She designed the e-Formation 2014 and 2015 promotional art.

10:30 am            Break

10:45 am            Workshops Round 2

 Marketing Your Ministry: Best Practices for Effective Evangelism, Jake Dell

Jake DellUnderstand what your ministry needs to know about marketing and advertising. Since the time of the Gospel writers, the Church has used effective marketing techniques to reach potential members. Though the tactics change (epistle, preaching, book, tract, television, radio, social media) the strategy does not. In this workshop you will learn:
• How to “plunder Egypt” — what you can take from the world of commercial advertising
• What a conversion funnel is and how to use it
• How to generate inbound leads
• Getting the most out of your church’s website (HINT: It has nothing to do with your homepage)
• The 5 components of a church marketing plan
Does your ministry have a website? Are you using Social Media? Are you blogging? If you do –or even if you just starting out — this session will teach you the basics of marketing strategy and planning so that you can learn to use these powerful tools effectively.

The Rev. Jake Dell is the manager of digital marketing and advertising sales for the Episcopal Church. He is also a Lieutenant in the Chaplain Corps, United States Navy Reserve and an assisting priest at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City. He has previous industry experience in information technology, database marketing, fundraising, marketing and digital media. He is a graduate of Yale University and Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He lives and works in New York City.

Google Dash 2: Google Calendar and Drive, Randall Curtis and Colin Chapman

Randall Curtis Colin ChapmanGoogle’s free suite can be a powerful set of tools to help your ministry serve more effectively. Spend three sessions today with two self-proclaimed Google Jedi and church geeks who will share with you the techniques to use the tools more effectively. To get the most out of this workshop a laptop is recommended as many of these tools are not fully available on mobile devices. Please come to the class with a Google or Gmail account that you have full access to before the workshop.

Session 1: Gmail
Session 2: Calendar and Drive
Session 3: Google Forms, Hangouts, Advanced Collaboration and Super-Awesome Cool Google Tricks

Randall Curtis is the Ministry Developer for Young Adults and Youth in the Episcopal Church in Arkansas. He is the President of Forma, a network of over 400 Christian formation leaders in the Episcopal Church. Randall is the Holy Geek of theholygeek.com.  He also maintains episcoforma.org, eycarkansas.org, videosforyoursoul.com and about 20 various social media presences.  He lives in Maumelle, AR with his wife, daughter, two pugs, a hamster and 6 Russian Tortoises.

Colin Chapman is the Associate Rector at Christ and Holy Trinity in Westport, CT where he focuses on Communications and Teenagers. While at the General Theological Seminary, he helped to crate the Digital Formation program which offered a series of webinars, online videos, and in person training on utilizing digital communications in the parish setting.

Why Measure? Using communications metrics as a planning tool, Nancy Davidge

Nancy DavidgeDigital media, unlike print or broadcast, provides users with easily accessible and often inexpensive ways to measure audience behaviors. We review data such as click through rates, time on site, and social sharing and (maybe) collect it in the form of a report to be shared with the vestry, during a staff meeting, or as part of the budgeting process. What can it tell us about who our audiences are and how they may differ between media? How might we also use it as a planning tool or to make decisions related to budget, staffing, or programs? In this workshop, we’ll consider/share ways to use analytics as a tools for decision making, goal setting, and measuring impacts.

Nancy Davidge is associate program director at the Episcopal Church Foundation and editor of ECF Vital Practices. She works extensively with Episcopal congregations and organizations, seeking out and working with vital congregations, sharing their stories and experiences through ECF Vital Practices. Nancy is passionate about helping congregational leaders transform their thinking about communication, recognizing it as an opportunity to share our stories and the Good News rather than primarily as a means to transmit information.

Designing Digitially-Enabled Faith Formation, John Roberto

John RobertoLearn how to create new models of faith formation that utilize digital technologies and media to engage people with faith-forming content anytime, any place, just-in-time; and that can extend and expand faith formation in physical, face-to-face settings into people’s daily lives through digital content and mobile delivery systems. Discover models of blended learning from fully online programming to gathered programming in physical settings that use online resources.

John Roberto of LifelongFaith Associates is editor of the journal Lifelong Faith, and author of Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century, Generations Together: Caring, Celebrating, Learning Praying, and Serving Faithfully (co-authored, 2014), and Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith (2010). He also works on the Vibrant Faith staff as Special Projects Coordinator.

Easy Video Creation For Everybody, Sandra Montes

Sandra MontesHave you ever wanted to share a video to highlight some great things going on in your congregation? Was the problem that you didn’t know where to start? It’s easier than you think! In this workshop, we’ll explore how to use your smartphone, social media, apps, websites, computer, creativity, and time (not necessarily all at once) to create share-worthy videos.
Sandra Teresa Montes is a teacher, musician, consultant, and doctoral student. She has been leading music, mentoring and teaching in San Mateo, Houston and in the Episcopal Church for over 20 years. Her love of God, family, and life is evident in her writings, songs, and Facebook posts (which include lots of pictures and videos). In her free time she loves to laugh and eat with family and friends, watch movies, take pictures and videos, or sleep.

Easy Graphic Design with Canva, Kate Siberine

Kate SiberineTired of bad church clipart? Come explore the basics of Canva.com, a free and easy to use online graphic design platform where you can create everything from your own social media campaign images to bulletin covers.

Kate Siberine is a VTS M.Div. student from the Diocese of Chicago and the digital design assistant in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching. She designed the e-Formation 2014 and 2015 promotional art.

12:15 pm             Lunch

1:30 pm              Workshops Round 3

Podcasting: Listening, Curating, Creating, Kyle Matthew Oliver

Kyle OliverPodcasts are like radio shows that, instead of going out on the airwaves, get sent to listeners’ computers and mobile devices. (Did you hear about Serial? That’s a podcast.) This new format is revolutionizing audio programming, and the faith community is getting in on the action. Want to enrich your own faith life on the go? Want suggestions for shows to share with the people you serve? Want to start your own show? This is the session for you.

Kyle Oliver (@kmoliver) is the digital missioner and learning lab coordinator in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. He is the conference coordinator for the e-Formation Conference and curates faith formation resources, models, and stories for multiple websites, including the CMT’s Key Resources. He is also a Forma board member and contributor to the forthcoming Seasons of Adult Faith Formation from LifelongFaith Associates. He is a rabid podcast listener and the host/show runner for the Easter People faith and culture podcast.

Google Dash 3: Additional Topics, Randall Curtis and Colin Chapman

Randall Curtis Colin ChapmanGoogle’s free suite can be a powerful set of tools to help your ministry serve more effectively. Spend three sessions today with two self-proclaimed Google Jedi and church geeks who will share with you the techniques to use the tools more effectively. To get the most out of this workshop a laptop is recommended as many of these tools are not fully available on mobile devices. Please come to the class with a Google or Gmail account that you have full access to before the workshop.

Session 1: Gmail
Session 2: Calendar and Drive
Session 3: Google Forms, Hangouts, Advanced Collaboration and Super-Awesome Cool Google Tricks

Randall Curtis is the Ministry Developer for Young Adults and Youth in the Episcopal Church in Arkansas. He is the President of Forma, a network of over 400 Christian formation leaders in the Episcopal Church. Randall is the Holy Geek of theholygeek.com.  He also maintains episcoforma.org, eycarkansas.org, videosforyoursoul.com and about 20 various social media presences.  He lives in Maumelle, AR with his wife, daughter, two pugs, a hamster and 6 Russian Tortoises.

Colin Chapman is the Associate Rector at Christ and Holy Trinity in Westport, CT where he focuses on Communications and Teenagers. While at the General Theological Seminary, he helped to crate the Digital Formation program which offered a series of webinars, online videos, and in person training on utilizing digital communications in the parish setting.

Free and Low-Cost Learning Management Systems, Stacy Williams Duncan

SWD headshot 1Learning Management Systems (LMS) are not just for large universities and school systems. Parishes and not-for-profits can create a secure digital community where adults or youth can interact and connect. During this workshop you will discover 10 ways your community might want to use an LMS, what platforms are easy to use and inexpensive, and important best practices to consider as you set up an LMS.

The Reverend Stacy Williams-Duncan has served Episcopal parishes and schools on both coasts, and she is an Ed.D. Student in Curriculum, Learning, and Teaching at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. Her research focuses on innovating theological education by using research-based practices of teaching and learning and increasing the use of educational technology.

Post-Modern Stained Glass: Using Pinterest and Instagram in Your Ministry, Keith Anderson

Keith AndersonThe internet is rapidly becoming a visually-driven medium and the image-based social media platforms Instagram and Pinterest are at the forefront of this shift. Drawing on his research and interviews with innovative ministry leaders, Keith Anderson, will share and describe uses for these important platforms in faith formation and other ministry areas.

The Reverend Keith Anderson is a pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church near Philadelphia, author of The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World (Morehouse, 2015), and co-author with Elizabeth Drescher of Click2Save: The Digital Ministry Bible (Morehouse 2012). A leader in digital ministry and sought after speaker and writer, his work on religion, new media, and popular culture has appeared on The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Day 1, and The New Media Project.

Advanced Twitter Strategy and Analytics, Scott Gunn

Scott GunnIf you’ve been using Twitter for a while and you aren’t quite sure where to go next, this workshop is for you. We’ll talk about strategy for building audience and engagement. We’ll look at about how Twitter can fit into an overall communication plan. We’ll consider some (mostly free) analytical tools that are available to help you measure your work.

The Revd Canon Scott Gunn is executive director of Forward Movement, a discipleship ministry based in Cincinnati, Ohio, known throughout the Episcopal Church for its flagship offering, Forward Day by Day. Scott has been a parish priest and a high-tech corporate leader. He blogs at www.sevenwholedays.org and his tweets are at @scottagunn.

Harnessing the Power of WordPress: Themes & Designs, Christopher Harris

Christopher HarrisWordPress, one of the world’s most powerful, but easy-to-use website platforms, is ideal for church websites. Come learn the three pieces of information critical on your home page, as well as good design basics, effective messaging, and workflow/updates. Drawing on his years of WordPress coding and design, Christopher Harris will share how to make your church website an integral part of your digital church ministry.

Born a geek, Christopher Harris coded his first church website in 1997. In 2003 he entered Seminary, concluding his M.Div studies just as social media reached a tipping point when Facebook opened its site to the public. Via his company, Faith Growth, Christopher and his team help churches move to a digital-first mindset, whether helping to develop a new website, implement smart social media practices, or develop a comprehensive plan to effectively engage and grow church communities online.

3:00 pm             Break

3:15 pm              Workshops Round 4

Advanced Twitter Strategy and Analytics, Scott Gunn

Scott GunnIf you’ve been using Twitter for a while and you aren’t quite sure where to go next, this workshop is for you. We’ll talk about strategy for building audience and engagement. We’ll look at about how Twitter can fit into an overall communication plan. We’ll consider some (mostly free) analytical tools that are available to help you measure your work.

The Revd Canon Scott Gunn is executive director of Forward Movement, a discipleship ministry based in Cincinnati, Ohio, known throughout the Episcopal Church for its flagship offering, Forward Day by Day. Scott has been a parish priest and a high-tech corporate leader. He blogs at www.sevenwholedays.org and his tweets are at @scottagunn.

Basic Social Media for Congregations, Rachel Tjornehoj

Rachel TjornehojLikes, tweets, Pages, shares, posts…where do we begin? In this workshop, we will look at questions to help your congregation shape its social media plan. The workshop will also include an introduction to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, focusing on their unique features and how your congregation can use them to engage your members and community.

Rachel Tjornehoj is the Communications Specialist for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. She connects members and leaders across the EDOW community through the diocese’s social media, website, and weekly e-bulletins. In addition to her work at EDOW, Rachel is a graphic designer for Forward Movement.

Why Measure? Using communications metrics as a planning tool, Nancy Davidge

Nancy DavidgeDigital media, unlike print or broadcast, provides users with easily accessible and often inexpensive ways to measure audience behaviors. We review data such as click through rates, time on site, and social sharing and (maybe) collect it in the form of a report to be shared with the vestry, during a staff meeting, or as part of the budgeting process. What can it tell us about who our audiences are and how they may differ between media? How might we also use it as a planning tool or to make decisions related to budget, staffing, or programs? In this workshop, we’ll consider/share ways to use analytics as a tools for decision making, goal setting, and measuring impacts.

Nancy Davidge is associate program director at the Episcopal Church Foundation and editor of ECF Vital Practices. She works extensively with Episcopal congregations and organizations, seeking out and working with vital congregations, sharing their stories and experiences through ECF Vital Practices. Nancy is passionate about helping congregational leaders transform their thinking about communication, recognizing it as an opportunity to share our stories and the Good News rather than primarily as a means to transmit information.

Designing Digitally-Enabled Faith Formation, John Roberto

John RobertoLearn how to create new models of faith formation that utilize digital technologies and media to engage people with faith-forming content anytime, any place, just-in-time; and that can extend and expand faith formation in physical, face-to-face settings into people’s daily lives through digital content and mobile delivery systems. Discover models of blended learning from fully online programming to gathered programming in physical settings that use online resources.

John Roberto of LifelongFaith Associates is editor of the journal Lifelong Faith, and author of Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century, Generations Together: Caring, Celebrating, Learning Praying, and Serving Faithfully (co-authored, 2014), and Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith (2010). He also works on the Vibrant Faith staff as Special Projects Coordinator.

Social Justice and Social Media – Troubling the Waters in the Digital Space, Shamika Goddard

Shamika GoddardWe will together explore ways that social justice issues occur and are addressed in the technosphere. Our journey will include social media sites as well as how grassroots traditional activism is expanding its reach from the streets to the screen. Participants will be able to leave the workshop having tools that will guide them through their virtual advocacy as well as strengthen their analogue activism.

Shamika Goddard is a student at Union Theological Seminary and a candidate for the Master of Divinity program, where she works at the intersections of service and technology. A first-generation college graduate, her past job titles include Party Hero and Customer Happiness Associate. She is @shamikalashawn on Twitter and you can also follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/techchaplain.

Harnessing the Power of WordPress: Ministry Plugins, Christopher Harris

Christopher HarrisPlugins are one reason why WordPress has become one of the world’s most powerful website framework platforms. Come learn how plugins easily and exponentially expand functionality, turning church websites into powerful ministry tools. Christopher Harris will highlight the plugins church ministries need most: donations, information distribution and sharing, calendars, and staff and/or congregational directories.

Born a geek, Christopher Harris coded his first church website in 1997. In 2003 he entered Seminary, concluding his M.Div studies just as social media reached a tipping point when Facebook opened its site to the public. Via his company, Faith Growth, Christopher and his team help churches move to a digital-first mindset, whether helping to develop a new website, implement smart social media practices, or develop a comprehensive plan to effectively engage and grow church communities online.

4:45 pm              Networking / Consultation / Free Time

6:00 pm             Bus to King Street Station for Dorm Guests

6:45 pm             e-Formation en español: Hospitalidad y oración

7:00 pm            e-Formation en español: Conferencia y clausura

Wednesday, June 3: Faith Formation & Education in a Digital World

7:15 am               Breakfast for Dorm Guests

8:00 am              Registration, Morning Refreshment, Exhibits

8:30 am              Worship & Welcome

9:00 am              Workshops Round 1

 Using Media Projects in Ministry with Youth and Children, Nurya Love Parish

Nurya Love ParishThree hundred hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Add in Vimeo, Vine, Instagram Video and now Periscope and it’s clear: online video is a huge cultural juggernaut. How can you make use of these resources and create new content as part of your Christian formation ministry? This workshop will teach you how to curate and create video with a focus on how to successfully design and complete video projects with youth and children. Complete beginners welcome!

The Rev. Nurya Love Parish is Associate Priest at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she has oversight for the church’s ministries with children, youth, and families. Her Churchwork blog offers resources for the renewal of the church and all creation.

Behind the Scenes: Curriculum design at sparkhouse, Beth Lewis

Beth LewisIn 2009, sparkhouse was launched to be an innovative, ecumenical creator of faith formation resources. Using human centered design principles combined with hiring creative partners from across the Church along with dedicated animators, voiceover and other video talent the sparkhouse team turns out resources that matter. Users report that students and teachers alike find these resources deeply engaging and just plain fun to use. This workshop will give you a sneak peak behind the scenes of how sparkhouse creates these dynamic resources and what is coming next.

Beth Lewis is the President & CEO of Augsburg Fortress (AF). Prior to joining AF in 2002, she was an entrepreneur owning a computer and technology career school for 4 years. For 22 years before that, she worked for several Fortune 500 publishing companies. Under her leadership, AF has provided innovative leadership in the creation of print and digital resources for the Church including the launch in 2009 of sparkhouse, their ecumenical faith formation division.

Formation When You Least Expect It, Scott Gunn

Scott GunnThe days of people sitting in classrooms on command are over, if they were ever real. To form people, we have to move beyond traditional classes and offer multiple paths of entry. In this workshop, we’ll look at Lent Madness as an example, along with many others. We’ll consider the importance of content, style, and marketing. You can offer great formation when people are least expecting it!

The Revd Canon Scott Gunn is executive director of Forward Movement, a discipleship ministry based in Cincinnati, Ohio, known throughout the Episcopal Church for its flagship offering, Forward Day by Day. Scott has been a parish priest and a high-tech corporate leader. He blogs at www.sevenwholedays.org and his tweets are at @scottagunn.

Supporting Parents to Make Healthy Digital Choices, Sarah Barton Thomas

Sarah Barton ThomasFamilies face enormous challenges in balance, monitoring, and guiding their children in the digital age. This workshop will provide statistics, resources, and a fun funny stories to equip formation leaders to support parents and children in the iWorld.

Sarah Barton Thomas is the Technology Coordinator at Norwood School, an NAIS Teacher of the Future, and a parishoner at St. John’s-Norwood Parish. She regularly presents to parents and students on the topic of digital balance, screen time, family digital contracts, and communicating in the digital age. She blogs at teach2connect.com on leading, teaching, and learning for the future.

Designing a 21st Century Adult Faith Formation Curriculum, John Roberto

John RobertoWhat would it be like if your church really believed that you could provide faith formation for every adult in your faith community? What would a “faith formation for every adult” plan look like? Learn how to design 21st century adult faith formation – not as a series of program offerings – but as a faith formation network—in online and physical settings—with a diversity of ways to learn and grow in faith?

John Roberto of LifelongFaith Associates is editor of the journal Lifelong Faith, and author of Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century, Generations Together: Caring, Celebrating, Learning Praying, and Serving Faithfully (co-authored, 2014), and Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith (2010). He also works on the Vibrant Faith staff as Special Projects Coordinator.

10:30 am            Break

10:45 am            Workshops Round 2

Supporting Parents to Make Healthy Digital Choices, Sarah Barton Thomas

Sarah Barton ThomasFamilies face enormous challenges in balance, monitoring, and guiding their children in the digital age. This workshop will provide statistics, resources, and a fun funny stories to equip formation leaders to support parents and children in the iWorld.

Sarah Barton Thomas is the Technology Coordinator at Norwood School, an NAIS Teacher of the Future, and a parishoner at St. John’s-Norwood Parish. She regularly presents to parents and students on the topic of digital balance, screen time, family digital contracts, and communicating in the digital age. She blogs at teach2connect.com on leading, teaching, and learning for the future.

Hybrid Faith Formation: Emerging Best Practices, Lisa Kimball and Kyle Matthew Oliver

14990254453_d02fe4dfe6_zIn the fall of 2013, Lisa Kimball and Kyle Oliver convened the first hybrid faith formation cohort, a group of congregational and judicatory faith formation ministers willing to experiment with new models of faith formation. A second cohort has come and gone, and we’re continuing to identify best practices for networking leaders and learners for in-person and at-home faith formation.

Lisa Kimball and Kyle Oliver are the director and digital missioner, respectively, in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary and your hosts for e-Formation 2015.

How to Fail at Christian Formation: Copious Notes from Various Disasters, Observed and Experienced, Along the Digital Formation Highway, Chris Yaw

Chris YawChristian formation is in a state of flux. Old models aren’t working. New models are emerging. In this workshop we’ll talk about the importance of experimentation, risk-taking, and deep listening. We’ll learn that our baptismal covenant gives us license to start a ruckus and why failure is rarely as bad as we fear.

Chris Yaw is an Episcopal priest and founder of churchnext.tv, which produces online learning resources. Chris has experienced failure on multiple levels and in a myriad of arenas, well qualifying him for the topic at hand. Thus, he draws from a vast wealth of disappointments, mistakes, and blown opportunities that verify once again the omnipotence of God, without whom he would be absolutely sunk.

 Using Media Projects in Ministry with Youth and Children, Nurya Love Parish

Nurya Love ParishThree hundred hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Add in Vimeo, Vine, Instagram Video and now Periscope and it’s clear: online video is a huge cultural juggernaut. How can you make use of these resources and create new content as part of your Christian formation ministry? This workshop will teach you how to curate and create video with a focus on how to successfully design and complete video projects with youth and children. Complete beginners welcome!

The Rev. Nurya Love Parish is Associate Priest at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she has oversight for the church’s ministries with children, youth, and families. Her Churchwork blog offers resources for the renewal of the church and all creation.

 Mobilizing Young Adults Online, Jason Evans

Jason EvansIn this workshop we will look at the online tools available for mobilizing young adults for ministry. We will explore best practices for engaging and empowering young adults. Bring your list of questions and ideas for discussion.

Jason Evans is the Young Adult Missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. Originally from San Diego, Jason and his wife Brooke have 3 kids and now live in DC. He has worked with a cross section of Christian traditions at establishing ministries to–and with–young adults.

12:15 pm             Lunch

1:30 pm              Plenary: Stories of Innovative Faith Formation Programming: Planning, Implementation, Sustainability, Curated by planning team

3:00 pm             Break

3:15 pm              Workshops Round 3

Claiming Our Faith through Digital Storytelling, Kyle Matthew Oliver

Kyle OliverFrom Storify to Prezi, Nutshell to Snapchat Stories, there are many quick and easy storytelling tools available online. But there is virtue in slowing down, reflecting deeply, and bringing images, video, sound, and speech together to tell a story personally and artfully. Based on experience learning from the experts at the Center for Digital Storytelling, Kyle will propose how digital storytelling processes can help us claim and proclaim our faith in transformative ways.

Kyle Oliver (@kmoliver) is the digital missioner and learning lab coordinator in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. He is the conference coordinator for the e-Formation Conference and curates faith formation resources, models, and stories for multiple websites, including the CMT’s Key Resources. He is also a Forma board member and contributor to the forthcoming Seasons of Adult Faith Formation from LifelongFaith Associates.

Concrete, Subject-Specific Digital Resources Your Next Class or Group, Randall Curtis

Randall CurtisAre you doing a intergenerational study on interfaith topics? There is a video series for that. Are you leading a discussion on leadership, discipleship, friendship, fellowship, or how to sail a ship? There is free digital tool for all of that too. Come to this workshop to experience and learn about some of these videos with Randall Curtis, creator of Videosforyoursoul.com, a daily lenten video devotional. Learn strategies for how videos and other digital resources can be simply and effectively incorporated in your current programs.

Randall Curtis is the Ministry Developer for Young Adults and Youth in the Episcopal Church in Arkansas. He is the President of Forma, a network of over 400 Christian formation leaders in the Episcopal Church. Randall is the Holy Geek of theholygeek.com.  He also maintains episcoforma.org, eycarkansas.org, videosforyoursoul.com and about 20 various social media presences.  He lives in Maumelle, AR with his wife, daughter, two pugs, a hamster and 6 Russian Tortoises.

Behind the Scenes: Curriculum design at sparkhouse, Beth Lewis

Beth LewisIn 2009, sparkhouse was launched to be an innovative, ecumenical creator of faith formation resources. Using human centered design principles combined with hiring creative partners from across the Church along with dedicated animators, voiceover and other video talent the sparkhouse team turns out resources that matter. Users report that students and teachers alike find these resources deeply engaging and just plain fun to use. This workshop will give you a sneak peak behind the scenes of how sparkhouse creates these dynamic resources and what is coming next.

Beth Lewis is the President & CEO of Augsburg Fortress (AF). Prior to joining AF in 2002, she was an entrepreneur owning a computer and technology career school for 4 years. For 22 years before that, she worked for several Fortune 500 publishing companies. Under her leadership, AF has provided innovative leadership in the creation of print and digital resources for the Church including the launch in 2009 of sparkhouse, their ecumenical faith formation division.

Connecting with Baby Boomers Online, Dorothy Linthicum

Dorothy LinthicumThe latest numbers from Pew Research Center indicate that at least half, and probably closer to 80 percent, of the boomers in our congregations are using the internet in some way. By 2014 74 percent of people 65 and older had mobile phones; 19 percent had a smart phone. Use of iPads and tablets is also on the rise. Some 56 percent of internet users who are 65 and older now use Facebook, up from 45 percent who did so in late 2013 and 35 percent who did so in late 2012. This represents 31 percent of all adults over 65. The steep rise in users is due primarily to boomers who began reaching 65 years of age in 2011.

What does digital ministry have to do with older people? The apps, software, and devices of digital ministry can have a significant impact on communication, ministry, and spirituality of the boomer generation in our congregations. In this workshop we will look at these three areas and how churches can tap into their promise of a richer, more diverse ministry for boomers and people of all ages.

Dorothy Linthicum, an instructor at Virginia Theological Seminary, has studied and taught courses and workshops about older adult spirituality and ministry at the seminary, at conferences, and for dioceses. As program coordinator of the Center of the Ministry of Teaching (CMT) she shares responsibility for maintaining the physical and virtual Key Hall Resource Room and for critiquing and compiling the annual reviews of the Vacation Bible School materials that are posted in late February on the CMT web pages. She continues her role as editor of Episcopal Teacher, a quarterly publication of the CMT.

A 21st Century Curriculum for Children and Youth, John Roberto

John RobertoInstead of thinking of curriculum as content or themes, organized into sequential sessions and units by grade levels with textbooks, what would it be like if curriculum focused on the processes and practices that contribute to growth in faith and discipleship. Learn how to design a digitally-enabled age-group curriculum designed around faith-forming processes—with developmentally-appropriate knowledge of the Bible and the Christian tradition, and experiential practice in the intergenerational faith community.

John Roberto of LifelongFaith Associates is editor of the journal Lifelong Faith, and author of Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century, Generations Together: Caring, Celebrating, Learning Praying, and Serving Faithfully (co-authored, 2014), and Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith (2010). He also works on the Vibrant Faith staff as Special Projects Coordinator.

4:45 pm              Open Conversations (Children, Youth, Adults, Families) / Networking / Consultation / Free Time

5:15 pm               Closing prayers and commissioning (Addison Atria)

6:00 pm             Optional Bus to King Street Station for Dorm Guests

6:45 pm             e-Formation en español: Hospitalidad y oración

7:00 pm            e-Formation en español: Conferencia y clausura