21st Century Faith Formation Training
2014 Training Dates and Locations:
Learn how to develop Christian faith formation for all ages and generations in a digital, connected world
Join more than 1200 church leaders—pastors, faith formation leaders, and denominational leaders—who have participated in 2012 and 2013.
We are at the dawn of a new era in faith formation where it is possible for a congregation to provide faith formation for everyone, anytime, anywhere, 24 x 7 x 365; where it is possible to customize and personalize faith formation around the lives of the people in a congregation; and where it is possible to offer a wide diversity of programs, activities, and resources in a variety of formats delivered in physical gathered settings and virtual online settings.
The Vision & Practice of 21st Century Faith Formation course is built around the emerging concept of a connected and networked approach to faith formation in the 21st century, Connected, networked faith formation is taking advantage of the new internet, communication, and social networking technologies; new digital learning tools and resources; and the tremendous growth of religious content and experiences in digital form. These provide the building blocks for new 21st century models of faith formation.
The Vision & Practice of 21st Century Faith Formation will help you and your congregation develop a connected, networked model of faith formation that is lifelong (all ages) and lifewide (whole life), and provides a wide diversity of engaging and interactive faith formation content and experiences in online and physical settings.
Join us in creating the future of Christian faith formation where all ages and generations can embrace a life-transforming faith.
The Vision and Practice of 21st Century Faith Formation is a three-day interactive educational program for pastors, faith formation leaders, and staff in all Christian congregations. The program engages participants in:
- Analyze the changing landscape of 21st faith formation: diverse religiosity and practices; new digital tools and resources; a connected, networked society
- Explore the emerging vision and principles of 21st century learning and faith formation
- Learn how to create a faith formation network for age groups or families in your congregation and build a digital platform for faith formation
- Learn how to use the new digital media and web technologies in faith formation
- Discover variety of 21st century resources for faith formation in the congregation, at home, and online
- Develop the skills for curating religious content and experiences for all ages and generations
- Utilize processes for introducing faith formation innovations into the life of a congregation
- Day 1: 9 am to 5 pm
- Day 2: 9 am to 5 pm
- Day 3: 9 am to 3 pm
Program Costs – New Lower All Inclusive Registration Fee
- $295 per person which includes all program costs plus continental breakfast and lunch each day.
Topic 1. Adaptive Challenges Facing Churches & Faith Formation
The social and cultural landscape of church life and faith formation has changed dramatically in the past two decades. Congregations face significant adaptive challenges in responding to the diversity of religious practices and beliefs among people today, the technological innovations that are reshaping relationships and society, the emerging view of a connected and networked society, and new models of learning and education.
Topic 2. Vision & Practices of 21st Century Faith Formation & Learning
The latest thinking in the world of learning and education is moving toward a more connected, networked model of learning that utilizes a variety of people, resources, activities, and institutions to provide personalized and customized learning experiences for today’s learner of all ages—children, youth, and adults. How can these new insights into learning be reflected in Christian faith formation? This session explores the vision, emerging themes, and key practices for 21st century faith formation that can guide a congregation in fashioning networks of faith formation for all ages and generations that address the diversity of people’s life situations, needs, spiritual hungers, and religious needs.
Topic 3. Developing Blended Learning Approaches in Faith Formation
Blended learning models provide a way to integrate learning in brick-and-mortar settings with online learning. This session provides a workshop format to learn how to develop blended approaches to faith formation that connect gathered events and programs with online content and activities to create integrated faith formation experiences. Explore how to utilize a "flipped classroom" approach to all program from children through adults; how to extend Sunday worship and events throughout the week or year; how to offer one program in multiple formats - physical and virtual; how to differentiate program content with online learning; and more.
Topic 4. Designing a Faith Formation Network and a Digital Platform (with Leif Kehrwald)
Learning organizations (museums, libraries, science centers, and schools) are developing digital platforms to extend and expand learning from brick-and-mortar settings to online settings (websites and social media). Experience a design workshop for creating a faith formation network for one age group or generation and building a digital platform that incorporates a variety of programs, activities, and resources using a variety of learning models at church, at home, in the community, and online.
Topic 5. Incorporating Social Media in Faith Formation (with Anna Rendell)
Discover how to utilize social media—Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and more—in faith formation. Learn a variety of strategies and tips for effectively utilizing social media in faith formation and church life, and why using social media matters.
Topic 6. Digital Tools for Faith Formation
Become familiar with some of the best websites and digital toots for learning and faith formation that foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.
Topic 7. Becoming a Faith Formation Curator
With the abundance of digital faith formation content, the role of faith formation leader is shifting from providing religious content and programming to curating religious content and experiences for all ages. A faith formation curator is someone who continually finds, groups, organizes, and shares the best and most relevant faith formation content and experiences on a specific subject to match the needs of a specific audiences. Learn the skills for becoming a faith formation curator and how to access the best digital content in faith formation for all ages and generations.
Topic 8. Introducing Innovations & Facilitating Change
This concluding session introduces a 3-fold framework for introducing a innovation in a congregation and facilitating change: 1) direct the rational mind (conscious self), 2) engage the heart and motivate people (emotional self), and 3) shape the path (the situation). Develop an implementation plan for their new innovations.
John Roberto works on the Vibrant Faith Ministries' team as the project coordinator for the Faith Formation for the 21st Century training program and the Faith Formation Learning Exchange website. He also directs LifelongFaith Associates, is the editor of the Lifelong Faith journal and the coordinator for the Faith Formation 2020 Initiative. John has more than 40 years of experience in Christian faith formation and has authored books and program manuals in youth ministry, family ministry, intergenerational learning and lifelong faith formation. John created the theory and practice of Generations of Faith—an intergenerational, lifelong approach to faith formation; and administered the five-year Lilly Endowment funded project to develop lifelong faith formation in Catholic parishes across the U.S. His latest publications include Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith, The Spirit and Culture of Youth Ministry (co-authored), Living Well: Christian Practices for Everyday Life, and Becoming a Church of Lifelong Learners.
|Leif Kehrwald has worked in family ministry and faith formation on the local, regional and national levels for more than thirty years. Currently, he serves as the Vibrant Faith@Home team leader, a service of Vibrant Faith Ministries. Leif has taught courses on family ministry, parish partnership and family spirituality at Dominican University (Chicago), Loyola University (Chicago), University of Dayton (Ohio), and Mount Angel Seminary (Oregon).||Anna Rendell’s passion for faith development, writing and connecting with others is what brought her to the world of social media. She is now bringing Vibrant Faith Ministries into that world as their Social Networking Manager. Anna is the author of Girl with Blog (her personal blog), has created an active community on Facebook and Twitter, and frequently contributes articles to other websites and blogs.|
“The 21st Century Faith Formation program gave us the framework and tools to engage the world in a meaningful and effective way with the Gospel. This was a program that focused on what we can do, rather than the problems! Kudos!”
“The 21st Century Faith Formation program changed my perspective on my role in Christian formation. I gladly claim my new and improved identity as a curator and designer of faith formation networks. Thanks be to God for your wisdom, energy and insights.”
“While I felt I was knowledgeable about the trends and basis of Faith Formation 2020, the training program really gave me the understanding and tools to create lifelong learning networks, which I can use in so many ways. And, all of the tools and resources are amazing!”