Flagship Gathering 2018

Virginia Theological Seminary January 12-13

Connecting you with the resources, community, and expertise to bring faith-filled leadership and 21st century digital media for ministry experience for your faith community.

About the event

Friday, January 12th, Leadership Summit will convene conversations on:

  • Faith Formation in the 21st Century 
  • Digital Literacy and/as Religious Leadership
  • Digital Fatigue 
  • Congregations and Change in the Digital Age

Friday evening's Mind-Brain Education Masterclass will share the latest in educational neuroscience research with educators and communicators.

Saturday, January 13, workshops bring in nationally-known leaders who are at the forefront of digital media for ministry. Some of the workshops will be available for distance viewing and learning. 


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January 12th Leadership Summit

Digital Literacy and/as Religious Leadership

Kyle Matthew Oliver

Kyle is a Ph.D student, assistant priest, and Digital Wizard
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21st Change for 21st Century Churches

Jason Chesnut
Jenn DiFrancesco
Alex Dyer

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Run and Do Not Grow Weary: Acknowledging and Managing Digital Fatigue

Keith Anderson

Keith is a Pastor, prolific author, and teacher
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Mind/Brain Eduation Masterclass

Educational Neuroscience: Teaching to Learners and the Faithful Today

Glenn Whitman, Ian Kelleher

Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning and St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Potomac, Maryland. Co-Authors of NeuroTeach: Brain Science and the Future of Education.
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January 13th Workshops

Workshops designed for today's religious communities.

Using Digitally Enabled and Digitally Connected Tools, Methods, and Resources in Faith Formation with All Ages

This workshop selects and presents the best approaches for integrating digital strategies into faith formation. Learn how to use ...

John Roberto

The coordinator and genius behind vibrantfaith.org and lifelongfaith.com

Leading Hybrid Faith Formation: Increasing participation in person and online

If you’re looking to “flip” your faith formation classroom or otherwise combine in-person gatherings with online/at-home faith practices, this is the workshop for you.

Kyle Matthew Oliver

Kyle is a Ph.D student, assistant priest, and Digital Wizard

Creating Dynamic Visual Presentations

Steve will share his workflow for creating digital illustration that creates a dynamic, storyboard-style presentation for sermons and classroom. This workshop will cover the integration of digital illustration on the iPad, Photoshop, Logos Bible Software, PowerPoint and Prezi.

Steve Thomason

Steve is a teacher, pastor, artist, and master story teller

Integrating Money, Mission and Media

We have begun to see the contours of effective digitally-integrated stewardship practices emerge. In this workshop, Keith Anderson will present these trends and learnings using his congregation's 2017 “Changed Lives Change the World” stewardship campaign as a case study.

Keith Anderson

Keith is a Pastor, prolific author, and teacher

Dispelling the Myths of Social Media

Wouldn’t we all love it if social media was fast, easy and instantly effective? Wouldn’t it be great if you posted it and they just came?

Michael Gewecke

Brian's life's work and passion has been at the intersection between technology and church.

Trying Everything: Real Experiences of Digital Evangelism

What works in one place won't necessarily work in another. This is why you need to try everything. In this workshop, Lorenzo will...

Lorenzo Lebrija

Lorenzo Lebrija is a priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles where he serves as the Bishop's officer for Development.

Theology by Design: A Practical Approach to Design Thinking for Congregations

Bethany Stolle

Bethany is an entrepreneur, design expert, and master story teller.

Let's Make an Effective Welcome Video on a Dime

Christian and Trevor are here to lead you through a series of exercises to not only capture the essence of your Christian community, but how to effectively communicate it for the web.

Trevor Black

Trevor's passion combines music and the arts, video production, and the church.
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Strengthening Message and Connection to Support Mission

Find tools and strategies to ensure your faith community is presenting a clear, unified message of who they are, what they believe, and how they hope to make a difference.

Kim Arakawa

Kim combines marketing, community engagement, and fund raising.
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Latinos, Social Media, and the Church: An Overview

This workshop will present practical ideas on how to use technology and social media to reach Latino audiences by: (1) showing demographics about how Latinos in the U.S. compare to others in their use...

Hugo Olaiz

Hugo mixes strategic thought, scholarship, and video production to serve the church.
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Digital Ministry is Real Ministry: virtual realities and real virtualities

what does it mean to do real ministry in an overwhelmingly digital world? This workshop will look at the trajectory of communications technology in the church and explore five tips for real ministry in a digital world.

Jim Keat

Jim lives at the intersection of strategy, ideas, and education in NYC.

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