Expanding the Circle: Hybrid networks for 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.