Fort Wayne // October 26-27

Explore the intersection between formation, communications, and 21st century technology in a hands-on 2-day experience.
Hosted by Trinity English, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Stained Glass and Gifs: Themes on Building Community In-Person and Online

The American religious landscape has changed dramatically over the last twenty-five years since the birth of the internet. Rapid advances in digital technologies have and continue to rewire the way we connect, experience community, live out our faith, and share the Gospel. How can ministry leaders can respond to form faith, build community, serve others, and share the Gospel in this new context? Sarah Stonesifer and Keith Anderson will share stories and wisdom from ministry leaders from around the church, and offer practical examples of how we can share the Gospel and meaningfully God and others in both local and digital gathering spaces where we live our lives today.

Sarah Stonesifer and Keith Anderson

Colleagues in Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary
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Workshop Slot 1 – more coming soon! 

Empowering Leaders for Digital Ministry

There are so many possibilities in using digital technology like social media, blogs, and podcasts in parish ministry. However, there never seems to be enough time or resources to make it happen. Here’s the good news: you don’t need to know how to tweet, edit video, or produce a podcast to help your congregation have a meaningful digital presence. In the workshop, Keith Anderson, a full-time parish pastor, will share his experience and practical strategies for parish leaders in collaborating within and beyond the congregation to bring digital ministry dreams to reality.

Keith Anderson

Keith is associate pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church in Ambler, PA. He is also co-editor of BuildingFaith.
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Workshop Slot 2 – more coming soon!

AdventWord: Adapting and Adopting for Churches and Faith Communities

#AdventWord is a global prayer network, focused on gathering Christians around the themes of Advent using a daily image and meditation leading up to Christmas. For two years, Sarah Stonesifer has been the project manager for this worldwide initiative. Keith Anderson and his parish, Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, have participated over the past few years. You’ll walk away learning more about #AdventWord, experiencing its liturgical meditations, and knowing how you can bring it to your faith community! Find out more: www.adventword.org

Sarah Stonesifer and Keith Anderson

Colleagues in Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary
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Communication as Formation: getting formation leaders to communicate and communications leaders to form

How can the communications office and the faith formation/Christian education office work together? With Sunday attendance a challenge for many families, 21st-century models of formation require reaching beyond the Sunday school hour. Faith-at-home practices, adult education, delivering the Bible to your parishioner's phone, all of these are formation and communication challenges. What strains does that put on the communications and formation leaders? Learn about some best practices, some language to use and how to increase faith formation within your communications channels and vice versa.

Sarah Stonesifer

Digital Missioner in Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary. Her focus is on digital outreach, resources and training for thoughtful, innovative Christian formation for all ages.
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