e-Formation 2014 Program

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The 2014 program is still coming together, but we’ll keep this page updated with schedules and workshop descriptions.

Conference Schedule

Sunday, June 1

4 pm – 8 pm       Registration

Monday, June 2

8:00 am                Registration

8:00 am                Morning Refreshments & Exhibits

9:00 am                Morning Worship

Opening Session of E-Formation 2014

10:30 am              Workshops Round #1 (90 minutes)

In-Depth Course: What ANY Ministry Leader Needs to Know About Websites Today (Part 1) – Bruce Baumgarten

In a church which marks the development of faith across millennia, we make use of new communications tools where obsolescence is measured in months! How do we keep up? This course—designed for any ministry leader with an interest in websites to serve the Church’s mission (from front-line coders to pastoral managers who just want it “to work”)—will survey the key factors in ministerial website success. In 2014! Pastoral leaders who don’t need to know the specifics of writing code will be served with information and resources befitting their role while actual web-workers will be given opportunities to raise challenges and receive resource suggestions for deeper, more technical information.

Bruce Baumgarten holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Georgetown University, a Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Fordham University and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Advanced Studies in Youth Ministry from Loyola University Chicago. He has held ministry positions at the parish, diocesan, and national levels. In the 1990s, he transitioned into technology work—always within a ministerial context and committed to fostering new tools for evangelization, communication, and ministerial formation. He is currently the Director of Technology for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) in Washington, DC.

Designing Faith Formation for Adults in a Digital World – Sharon Ely Pearson & John Roberto

How do we design curriculum and faith formation experiences for adults, for the whole family, and for intergenerational groupings in the digital age? How do we make the journey from the linear curriculum, print era of the 19th and 20th centuries to the episodic, multiple media, digital era of the 21st century? What can faith formation curriculum and programming look like when there is an abundance of high quality digital content and media, and the emergence of new technologies for learning (such as mobile devices)? This workshop will explore content for a 21st century faith formation curriculum, learning models that utilize digital approaches for engaging learners, and a process for designing 21st century faith formation programming.

Sharon Ely Pearson serves an editor and in book acquisitions at Church Publishing, where she has served as the Christian Formation Specialist with a specialty in curriculum and resources. 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. Her blog is RowsofSharon.com.

John Roberto of LifelongFaith Associates has designed curriculum and faith formation resources for youth, young adults, adults, families, and intergenerational groupings. He teaches a 3-day course on 21st century faith formation across the country. His latest books are Generations Together (2014) and Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century (2014).

Stealth Christian Formation – Tim Schenck

Was your recent 27-part series on Deuteronomic Law poorly attended? Do you wish more people took advantage of education opportunities at your parish? You can keep teaching to the choir but how do we reach the people who don’t “do” classes? Come learn how Lent Madness brought Lenten discipline, knowledge of the saints, and spiritual growth to the masses and how this model can work for you.

The Rev. Tim Schenck, rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, MA, is a priest, author, syndicated columnist, blogger, and creator of the wildly popular online devotional Lent Madness. He is the author of  What Size Are God’s Shoes: Kids, Chaos, and the Spiritual Life (Morehouse) and Dog in the Manger: Finding God in Christmas Chaos. Tim blogs at Clergy Family Confidential and is active on social media. You can follow him on Twitter @FatherTim where you’ll encounter a blend of inspiration, humor, and snark (not necessarily in that order). Tim lives in the St. John’s rectory with his wife, two teenage sons, a dog, and pet ferret named Mimi.

Using Visual Social Media to Embrace the Sacred and Build Community – Meredith Gould 

Visual social media, notably Pinterest, Instagram, and Vine but also Tumblr, are considered must-have-and-use platforms among secular social media experts. Within the past year or so, church communicators and religion educators have become enthusiastic about these social media platforms. Attend this workshop to learn: 1) why visual social media platforms work especially well for faith-based organizations; 2) how to use visual social media platforms strategically and tactically; and 3) tips for setting up and managing accounts to optimize their value. Bring your questions, concerns, and examples of what you’re already doing.

Meredith Gould, PhD (@meredithgould) is a sociologist, author and longtime communications professional. An early adopter of social media, she’s known for being an exuberant evangelist for using digital tools for ministry. Dr. Gould is founder of the weekly Twitter-based #ChSocM (church social media) chat. She has nine published books including The Word Made Fresh: Communicating Church, Faith Today, and her latest book, The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways. An independent consultant since 1989, she provides counsel and training as well as hands-on fix-it services to local churches and judicatories across denominations. (www.meredithgould.com)

Virtual Formation: Web-Based Conferencing and Streaming – Julie Lytle 

Faith formation occurs when we make connections between God’s Story and our own, yet many are finding it increasingly difficult to meet physically. Fortunately, there are new technologies that enable us to stay connected! Churches, schools and committed individuals are getting in on the action using cell phones, tablets and computers to facilitate virtual connections. This workshop will identify some virtual formation resources, survey the options for video-conferencing and streaming (including Sykpe, Google+ Hangouts, and Adobe Connect) and provide a guide for how to determine which to use for interpersonal sharing, small group discussions, distributive learning, or giving visitors a glimpse of what your church is up to.

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. Her dream is a distributive learning network where we offer the resources we have and gain the wisdom we need with one another using commonly available technologies.  In addition to serving as the Executive Director of Province I, she is working with Claremont School of Theology to develop courses and launch two hybrid degrees in the fall (MDiv and MA in Ministry, Leadership and Service) using her mantra “Message, Method, then Media.”

12 noon                Lunch

1:30 pm                Workshops Round #2 (90 minutes)

In-Depth Course: What ANY Ministry Leader Needs to Know About Websites Today (Part 2) – Bruce Baumgarten

Expanding the Circle: Hybrid networks for in-person/at-home small group learning - Lisa Kimball & Kyle Oliver 

Are your regular faith formation offerings reaching the same well-formed parishioners but missing countless others who acknowledge their curiosity or hunger but cannot or will not commit to weekly in-person meetings? Come hear about a group of parishes who have been supplementing periodic in-person gatherings with weekly activities and conversation online. We will send you home with a set of content ideas, guidelines for recruiting, technology tips, and data for helping convince the rector and other leaders that this is a ministry model whose time has come.

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 a content developer for the e-Formation Conference (eformationvts.org) and curates faith formation resources, models, and stories for multiple websites, including the CMT’s Key Resources.

Lisa Kimball holds a PhD in Work, Community, and Family Education from the University of Minnesota. She is Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership and Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. Prior to this she was a member of the faculty in the College of Education at the University of Minnesota with dual appointments in the School of Social Work (Youth Studies) and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Before assuming an academic career, Lisa spent 20 years serving on the staff of five congregations and two dioceses in California and Minnesota. In addition to writing for books and journals, she maintains a regular schedule of national consulting, conference presenting, and teaching in youth ministry, evangelism, congregational and leadership development.

Online Event Registration – Colin Chapman

There has never been a time when it’s been easier to plan an event, invite others to it, and track who’s doing or bringing what; now the hard part is wading through the sea of tools at your disposal. We’ll separate the wheat from the chaff and highlight some of the best tools and apps to plan your next event, then discuss how to best get people to sign up using the tools you already have in place. We’ll look at tools like Eventbrite for planning your next big event, explore the best tools for getting the word out, and even discuss the benefits of QR codes in your print publicity.

Colin Chapman is the co-founder and Digital Missioner of the Digital Formation program of the General Theological Seminary in New York, NY and Curate at Christ’s Church in Rye, NY. Digital Formation tasks itself with helping clergy and lay people alike to understand the current landscape of digital communication and how to use the tools at hand to better support their mission. Colin is also the host of Digital Formation’s Webinars and “Quick How To” videos which can be found at youtube.com/digitalformation.

Getting Started with Online Christian Formation: ChurchNext One Year Later – Chris Yaw

This workshop will introduce various digital learning platforms that congregations can consider using as a way to offer an online learning option to existing Christian formation programming.  We will also consider the findings of ChurchNext, which recently ran a pilot program with 200 parishes, as a way to learn more about the challenges and opportunities of this growing field.

Chris Yaw is the rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Southfield, MI and the founder of ChurchNext, which produces online learning experiences that shape disciples. Chris is interested in exploring the interaction between online learning and face to face dialog to enhance the process of disciple-making. He is interested in turning every congregation into a vital source of knowledge and learning hub for its community.

Emerging Media and the Gospel – Tom Tomaszek 

Facebook, Twitter, and an attractive website are no longer just trendy technologies.  They are fundamental tools for creating a pastoral presence online – a presence that touches everyone in your church and in your local community. Emerging media offer new ways to communicate the Gospel and invite others to discipleship.  They are indispensable in providing information and formation to soul-seekers as well as sustaining members. How do we move from a personal to corporate use of these applications? This workshop will present a process and critical steps to establish a vision, team and Pastoral Communications Plan for your parish or church. [Come prepared to roll up your “virtual sleeves” and explore these issues with others from your church.]

Tom Tomaszek is Pastoral Director and co-founder of The Five Loaves (www.thefiveloaves.com) along with his wife, Katherine (Kimi) Tomaszek, offering online resources and events focused on spiritual formation and prayer. Tom is an author, composer, educator, and published liturgical musician who frequently presents at national and regional events and retreats. His experience in teaching, pastoral ministry and music publishing make for presentations and events that are relevant, insightful and inspiring. Tom holds Masters degrees in both Theological Studies and Education (Curriculum-Visual Literacy.)

3:00 pm                Clinics Round #1 

Clinics are an opportunity for unstructured hands-on time with workshop presenters. It’s not required that you attend a presenter’s workshop to swing by their clinic, but it will probably be helpful.

  1. Tim Schenck (Stealth Christian Formation)
  2. Chris Yaw (Online Christian Formation)
  3. Tom Tomaszek (Emerging Media & the Gospel)
  4. Sharon Ely Pearson (Adult Faith Formation)
  5. Julie Lytle (Virtual Formation)
  6. Colin Chapman (Digital Storytelling)
  7. Randall Curtis (Social Media)
  8. Lisa Kimball & Kyle Oliver (Hybrid Faith Formation)

4:00 pm                Workshops Round #3 (90 minutes)

In-Depth Course: What ANY Ministry Leader Needs to Know About Websites Today (Part 3) – Bruce Baumgarten

Curating Faith Formation: Digital Content for Bible, Theology, Spirituality, and More – Sharon Ely Pearson & John Roberto

With an abundance of content in all forms—print, audio, video, digital—faith formation leaders are learning to become curators of religious content and experiences—researching, grouping, evaluating, organizing, and delivering the best and most relevant content and experiences to address the life issues and concerns, religious and spiritual needs of people in their congregation. Learn the process and skills for becoming a curator and how to find the best faith formation resources.

Sharon Ely Pearson serves an editor and in book acquisitions at Church Publishing, where she has served as the Christian Formation Specialist with a specialty in curriculum and resources. 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. Her blog is RowsofSharon.com.

John Roberto of LifelongFaith Associates has designed curriculum and faith formation resources for youth, young adults, adults, families, and intergenerational groupings. He teaches a 3-day course on 21st century faith formation across the country. His latest books are Generations Together (2014) and Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century (2014).

I Blog, Therefore I Am – Tim Schenck

Whether you have a blog no one reads besides your mother or are considering starting one, this workshop is for you. We’ll explore questions such as: Why blog? What should I blog about? How often should I blog? How can I get people to actually read my blog? You, too, can impress your friends with the moniker “blogger” while sharing the Good News with a global audience.

The Rev. Tim Schenck, rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, MA, is a priest, author, syndicated columnist, blogger, and creator of the wildly popular online devotional Lent Madness. He is the author of  What Size Are God’s Shoes: Kids, Chaos, and the Spiritual Life (Morehouse) and Dog in the Manger: Finding God in Christmas Chaos. Tim blogs at Clergy Family Confidential and is active on social media. You can follow him on Twitter @FatherTim where you’ll encounter a blend of inspiration, humor, and snark (not necessarily in that order). Tim lives in the St. John’s rectory with his wife, two teenage sons, a dog, and pet ferret named Mimi.

Building a Social Media Plan for Your Ministry – Randall Curtis

Figure out what works and what doesn’t work. Do you need a snapchat presence? Are there any teenagers left on Facebook? What is a klout store and should I care? Come join this workshop to build a strategy of where to start and where to stop in the Social Media world.

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 presneces.  He lives in Maumelle, AR with his wife, daughter, two pugs, a hamster and 6 Russian Tortoises.

Creating Digital Presentations – Peter Turner

In this workshop on digital presentations we discuss tools and techniques for creating and giving engaging digital presentations. We will highlight tips and solutions that can make your presentations clear and attention grabbing.

Peter Turner is the Technology & Communications Director for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. He manages web development and hosted services and trains parishes on web, social media, and technology.

5:30 pm                Closing prayer in workshop rooms

6:00 pm                Dinner

7:30 pm                General Session Presentation: Animating Scripture – Sarah Lefton 

Sarah will share her story of going from religious illiterate to prizewinning Jewish educator through a unique journey involving cartoons and a cobbled together team of teachers that were her friends from the arts world. How can G-dcast’s founding story inspire us along our own learning journeys? Sarah will bring insights from the filmmaking and game design processes to help us as educators and leaders bring today’s digitally distracted students into the tradition of text study that Jews and Christians hold so dear.

Sarah Lefton is the founding Director of G-dcast, a new media production company that the press calls “the Schoolhouse Rock for Jews.” A grad of NYU’s infamous Interactive Telecommunications Program, Sarah produced early online experiments for The New York Times, the Village Voice, Princess Cruises, and several robotics startups before dropping out to bring her technology and storytelling skills to bear in the nonprofit world. At G-dcast, Sarah has produced over 70 short films and 7 mobile apps that have been featured on NPR, in the Wall Street Journal and CNN.com. She is a recipient of the Pomegranate Prize for exceptional educators, a recipient of the Joshua Venture Group fellowship for Jewish social entrepreneurs, and was named one of the “Forward 50″ most influential Jews by the Forward newspaper.

Tuesday, June 3

8:00 am                Registration

8:00 am                Morning Refreshments & Exhibits

9:00 am                Morning Worship

General Session Presentation: An Honest Conversation with Meredith Gould

Meredith Gould, PhD (@meredithgould) is a sociologist, author and longtime communications professional. An early adopter of social media, she’s known for being an exuberant evangelist for using digital tools for ministry. Dr. Gould is founder of the weekly Twitter-based #ChSocM (church social media) chat. She has nine published books including The Word Made Fresh: Communicating Church, Faith Today, and her latest book, The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways. An independent consultant since 1989, she provides counsel and training as well as hands-on fix-it services to local churches and judicatories across denominations. (www.meredithgould.com)

10:30 am              Workshops Round #4 (90 minutes)

In-Depth Course: Google Dash (Part 1) – Randall Curtis & Robbin Whittington

In this workshop you will learn how to put Google to work for you and your church.  By learning how to use Google’s powerful suite of productivity applications—Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Google Hangouts, and Chrome—more effectively, you can spend less time at your computer and more time in your ministry. Each participant needs to have a Google account before attending the session, and able to bring a laptop in order to get the full benefit of this workshop. You may also bring your mobile devices to learn techniques and tips for using those with Google, but you will need a laptop to use the advanced settings we will be presenting.

Randall Curtis is the Ministry Developer for Young Adults and Youth for the Episcopal Church in Arkansas where he is also a licensed Evangelist. Randall is also the current President of Forma a Christian Network of proessional in the Episcopal Church. You can find Randall online at www.theholygeek.com.

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.

In-Depth Course: That’s Where the People Are: Video for Churches (Part 1) – Jay Mallin

Just as bank robber Willie Sutton once reasoned that financial institutions are the place to go for money, churches are turning to video as an effective way to reach both their members and people in the larger community. This mini-course will look at some of the ways churches and other organizations might use video, the basics of video production, and also briefly at editing and distribution. Along with classroom discussion it will include some demonstrations and hands-on opportunities.

Jay Mallin is a photographer, video producer, and writer based in Washington. His nonprofit clients include colleges and universities, labor unions, and charitable and religious organizations. He also creates videos for his home parish.

Continuing the Conversation with Sarah Lefton (G-dcast)

Designing Faith Formation for the First Third of Life in a Digital World – Sharon Ely Pearson & John Roberto

How do we design curriculum and faith formation experiences for the ten decades of life, for the whole family, and for intergenerational groupings in the digital age? How do we make the journey from the linear curriculum, print era of the 19th and 20th centuries to the episodic, multiple media, digital era of the 21st century? What can faith formation curriculum and programming look like when there is an abundance of high quality digital content and media, and the emergence of new technologies for learning (such as mobile devices)? This two-part workshop will explore content for a 21st century faith formation curriculum, learning models that utilize digital approaches for engaging learners, and a process for designing 21st century faith formation programming.

Sharon Ely Pearson serves an editor and in book acquisitions at Church Publishing, where she has served as the Christian Formation Specialist with a specialty in curriculum and resources. 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. Her blog is RowsofSharon.com.

John Roberto of LifelongFaith Associates has designed curriculum and faith formation resources for youth, young adults, adults, families, and intergenerational groupings. He teaches a 3-day course on 21st century faith formation across the country. His latest books are Generations Together (2014) and Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century (2014).

Digital Storytelling & Tools – Colin Chapman

Since the advent of written communication, the mediums at our fingertips have been used to tell stories: Cave Paintings, Beowulf, Paul’s Epistles, Pride and Prejudice, Spider-Man…the list goes on. The current content creation tools at our disposal (social media, ultra simple video production, microblogging, social photography, etc.) are no different, and we have the opportunity to boldly embrace them as tools to share our own unique stories, ideas, and passions. This workshop will look at examples of breakthrough storytelling from the last decade of social media, highlight some of the current best storytelling tools, and start you on the path by helping you to understand your own story and the best medium(s) with which to share it.

Colin Chapman is the co-founder and Digital Missioner of the Digital Formation program of the General Theological Seminary in New York, NY and Curate at Christ’s Church in Rye, NY. Digital Formation tasks itself with helping clergy and lay people alike to understand the current landscape of digital communication and how to use the tools at hand to better support their mission. Colin is also the host of Digital Formation’s Webinars and “Quick How To” videos which can be found at youtube.com/digitalformation.

Hacia la construcción de una TEOLOGIA DE LA COMUNICACION – Rev. Edgar Giraldo

Hay muchos tipos diferentes de teología: histórica, sistemática, práctica, negra, de liberación, de hecho hay una “teología de” sobre cada movimiento y tema que exige una reflexión seria y significativa.

Ya es hora que nuestra iglesia comience a construir una “TEOLOGIA DE LA COMUNICACIÓN” para tener un marco interpretativo más amplio en el reconocimiento y la evaluación de lo que está ocurriendo en la comunicación de hoy, que permita tener marcos estratégicos y de referencia teológica para ayudar a las comunidades de fe, que van hacia adelante usando la tecnología como herramienta para evangelizar.

Padre Edgar Giraldo es un clérigo con experiencia en vida parroquial, especializado en el área de las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación, con amplia experiencia en el uso de las tecnologías como apoyo a los ministerios dentro de la Iglesia Episcopal.

12 noon                Lunch

1:30 pm                Workshops Round #5 (90 minutes)

In-Depth Course: Google Dash (Part 2) – Randall Curtis & Robbin Whittington

In-Depth Course: That’s Where the People Are: Video for Churches (Part 2) – Jay Mallin

Don’t Count the Boomers Out of Digital Ministry! – Dorothy Linthicum

The boomers, who have tread new ground and changed the landscape of culture and society throughout their lifespan are rapidly tipping into retirement. Being adventuresome, many are on the cutting edge of technology. At the same time, they are discovering the physical, emotional, and psychological changes that that occur as they grow older and live longer. What does the church offer this group? And more specifically, what is the role of digital ministry in fostering communications, building relationships, and exploring spirituality among adults 65-100? Join us to learn more about this dynamic intersection of aging, digital media, and faith formation in our churches!

Dorothy Linthicum, instructor and program coordinator of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary, has been studying the issue of aging for several years. She has taught courses and led workshops about spirituality and aging in the United States and in South Africa, where she spent a year teaching at an Anglican seminary.

Hacia la construcción de un Perfil del “MISIONERO DIGITAL” – Rev. Edgar Giraldo 

Para los Cristianos comprometidos, el campo de misión no es ya el mismo. La palabra de Dios debe llegar a todo el mundo pero éste ya no está delimitado a las clásicas fronteras que los humanos hemos creado y que delimitaban el campo de evangelización. Un nuevo continente ha surgido, un “Continente Digital” que nos llama a conquistarlo para la causa del Evangelio y para ello requerimos “Misioneros Digitales.”

Padre Edgar Giraldo es un clérigo con experiencia en vida parroquial, especializado en el área de las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación, con amplia experiencia en el uso de las tecnologías como apoyo a los ministerios dentro de la Iglesia Episcopal.

Emerging Media and the Gospel – Tom Tomaszek 

Facebook, Twitter, and an attractive website are no longer just trendy technologies.  They are fundamental tools for creating a pastoral presence online – a presence that touches everyone in your church and in your local community. Emerging media offer new ways to communicate the Gospel and invite others to discipleship.  They are indispensable in providing information and formation to soul-seekers as well as sustaining members. How do we move from a personal to corporate use of these applications? This workshop will present a process and critical steps to establish a vision, team and Pastoral Communications Plan for your parish or church. [Come prepared to roll up your “virtual sleeves” and explore these issues with others from your church.]

Tom Tomaszek is Pastoral Director and co-founder of The Five Loaves (www.thefiveloaves.com) along with his wife, Katherine (Kimi) Tomaszek, offering online resources and events focused on spiritual formation and prayer. Tom is an author, composer, educator, and published liturgical musician who frequently presents at national and regional events and retreats. His experience in teaching, pastoral ministry and music publishing make for presentations and events that are relevant, insightful and inspiring. Tom holds Masters degrees in both Theological Studies and Education (Curriculum-Visual Literacy.)

Virtual Formation: Web-Based Conferencing and Streaming – Julie Lytle 

Faith formation occurs when we make connections between God’s Story and our own, yet many are finding it increasingly difficult to meet physically. Fortunately, there are new technologies that enable us to stay connected! Churches, schools and committed individuals are getting in on the action using cell phones, tablets and computers to facilitate virtual connections. This workshop will identify some virtual formation resources, survey the options for video-conferencing and streaming (including Sykpe, Google+ Hangouts, and Adobe Connect) and provide a guide for how to determine which to use for interpersonal sharing, small group discussions, distributive learning, or giving visitors a glimpse of what your church is up to.

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. Her dream is a distributive learning network where we offer the resources we have and gain the wisdom we need with one another using commonly available technologies.  In addition to serving as the Executive Director of Province I, she is working with Claremont School of Theology to develop courses and launch two hybrid degrees in the fall (MDiv and MA in Ministry, Leadership and Service) using her mantra “Message, Method, then Media.”

Podcasting 101: Listening, sharing, creating – Kyle Oliver

Podcasts are like radio shows that, instead of going out on the airwaves, get sent to listeners’ computers and mobile devices. 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 a content developer for the e-Formation Conference (eformationvts.org) and curates faith formation resources, models, and stories for multiple websites, including the CMT’s Key Resources. He is a rabid podcast listener and the editor/show runner for the Easter People faith and culture podcast.

3:00 pm                Clinics Round #2

Clinics are an opportunity for unstructured hands-on time with workshop presenters. It’s not required that you attend a presenter’s workshop to swing by their clinic, but it will probably be helpful.

  1. Dorothy Linthicum (Adult Faith Formation)
  2. Tim Schenck (Blogging)
  3. Tom Tomaszek (Emerging Media & the Gospel)
  4. John Roberto & Sharon Ely Pearson (First Third of Life Faith Formation)
  5. Julie Lytle (Virtual Formation)
  6. Colin Chapman (Digital Storytelling)
  7. Kyle Oliver (Podcasting)

4:00 pm                Workshops Round #6 (90 minutes)

In-Depth Course: Google Dash (Part 3) – Randall Curtis & Robbin Whittington

In-Depth Course: That’s Where the People Are: Video for Churches (Part 3) – Jay Mallin

Church IT Best Practices – Xavier Belanger

As the “you’re the IT person-in-charge” for a small/medium parish learn how to deal with user accounts, backups, system updates, network, … This presentation will guide you with basic rules to apply in your church and make the IT world easier to manage.

Xavier Belanger is a System and Network Administrator. Previously working for French higher education he’s now using his 15-year experience at the Virginia Theological Seminary, to manage the campus network, servers, printers and all kind of IT equipment.

Like Us, Follow Me, Pin It, Put It on Instagram: #Evangelism2.0 – Nancy Frausto 

Thanks to social media, we are more connected than ever. We know what our friends eat, how many miles they run, and even who they follow on Twitter. The world is connected in impressive ways. Is the church missing a great opportunity for evangelism? Do Instagram selfies make much difference in your ministry? Can sending tweets increase spirituality in your congregation? Be part of the discussion! Join us to learn to use new tools for a new kind of evangelism. #eform14 #preachingtheword

The Rev. Nancy Frausto is the Diocese of Los Angeles’ first Latina leader to have grown up in a Spanish-speaking Episcopal Church who has gone on to pursue ordination. She is the recipient of the Thomas Crammer Scholarship for Distinguished Achievement in Liturgical Scholarship and received her Master of Divinity from the School of Theology at Claremont.

Stealth Christian Formation – Tim Schenck

Was your recent 27-part series on Deuteronomic Law poorly attended? Do you wish more people took advantage of education opportunities at your parish? You can keep teaching to the choir but how do we reach the people who don’t “do” classes? Come learn how Lent Madness brought Lenten discipline, knowledge of the saints, and spiritual growth to the masses and how this model can work for you.

The Rev. Tim Schenck, rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, MA, is a priest, author, syndicated columnist, blogger, and creator of the wildly popular online devotional Lent Madness. He is the author of  What Size Are God’s Shoes: Kids, Chaos, and the Spiritual Life (Morehouse) and Dog in the Manger: Finding God in Christmas Chaos. Tim blogs at Clergy Family Confidential and is active on social media. You can follow him on Twitter @FatherTim where you’ll encounter a blend of inspiration, humor, and snark (not necessarily in that order). Tim lives in the St. John’s rectory with his wife, two teenage sons, a dog, and pet ferret named Mimi.

5:30 pm                Closing Reflections & Worship

6:00 pm                Dinner

7:30 pm                General Session Presentation: Stories of Faith, Technology, Race & Parenting – Bruce Reyes-Chow

Spend an evening with Bruce Reyes-Chow, San Franciscan, Gen X, Asian American, blogger, pastor, and parent of three daughters, as he shares awkward, painful, and transformative stories of faith, technology, race, and parenting. Bruce is one who believes that life and faith should be approached with a posture of nuanced thinking, excruciating graciousness, and much laughter, so be prepared to laugh a bit, shed a tear, learn a tech trick or two . . . yes, it may even be better than Cats. Bring your devices to tweet, your questions to ask, and your hearts and minds open to where the Spirit may lead.

Bruce Reyes-Chow is a San Francisco-based writer, speaker, coach, and Presbyterian minister. He is the author of two books, The Difinitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in Church and But I don’t See You as Asian: Curating Conversations About Race and is in the process of completing his third book, Craptastic, a humorous memoir. Bruce teaches social media and technology courses in a variety of contexts and is a Senior Consultant at the Center for Progressive Renewal.  Bruce has pastored congregations for nearly 20 years and was the founding pastor of Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco, a church of young, progressive Presbyterians. You can connect with Bruce via @breyeschow on most social networks. Visit his blog at www.reyes-chow.com.

Wednesday, June 4

8:30 am                Breakfast

9:00 am                Morning Worship

General Session Presentation: The Future of e-Formation (Lisa & Team)

10:30 am              Application Workshops

  1. Children
  2. Youth
  3. Young Adult
  4. Adult
  5. Family
  6. Webinar participants

12 noon               Closing General Session: Mini-Presentations by Participants

1 pm                      Lunch & depart