Connecting during the CoronavirusWhat we are offering in a time of Social Distancing
Journeying with you through the unknown…
The Vibrant Faith team considers it a privilege to be one of your trusted ministry partners. It’s now clear that your job and lives have changed dramatically in the last week; from gathering people physically, to gathering people in multiple digitals formats AND resourcing families to form faith at home.
First of all, please take a deep breath and know that you are the (clean) hand and feet of Jesus, but we cannot be a Savior.
We also know that the care and community of the Christian church is absolutely vital to your people– especially during times of crisis –We want to come alongside you with invaluable resources to help you form and shape the faith of God’s people at this time. Don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know what else you need.
your Vibrant Faith Team, Trainers, and Coaches
These events with the Vibrant Faith Team are designed to offer suggestions for you and your church as we move forward in a time of social distancing.
Click on the button below each description to register for each FREE webinar.
Engaging Children in the Worshipping Community
With Dr. Mimi Larson
Thursday, October 20 from 12 noon to 1:30 pm (Eastern Time) on Zoom
Have you ever asked yourself what do we do with children in worship? Join us as we explore how children make meaning of their worship experiences and the various ways we can engage children in worship, creating an intergenerational community of worshippers.
Dr. Mimi Larson is Visiting Assistant Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College. Her research specialty is in the area of children’s faith formation and her most recent book is Bridging Theory and Practice in Children’s Spirituality: New Directions for Education, Ministry and Discipleship (Zondervan, 2020), which she co-edited with Robert J. Keeley. Dr. Larson has a unique background comprised of theological, academic, and practical ministry experience. Dr. Larson also serves her denomination, the Christian Reformed Church in North America, as the Children’s Ministry Catalyzer for Faith Formation Ministries, coaching children’s ministry leaders throughout the United States and Canada.
Experiencing God Together: How Active Listening and Wondering Strengthens Ministry with Children
With Rev. Dr. Tanya Campen
Friday, November 6 from 12 noon to 1:30 pm (Eastern Time) on Zoom
Creating a safe space for children to wonder and discover together is an essential part of the faith formation process. Through this holy work we create space for all to recognize and respond to God’s presence in our lives. Come join the conversation as we uncover how to do the important work of active listening and wondering with the children in our communities.
Rev. Dr. Tanya Marie Eustace Campen is an ordained deacon in the Rio Texas Conference and currently serves as Director of Intergenerational Discipleship for the Rio Texas Conference Office. She has a Masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Christian education and congregational studies from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. Her research focus is children’s spirituality. She has more than 20 years of experience as a Christian educator, youth director, and minister to children and families in the local church. She regularly teaches faith formation courses, webinars, and workshops for ministry leaders.
The Foundation of Sharing and Forming Faith – Jane Angha
Thursday, April 16 @ 12 noon (EST)
Elders Rising – Dr. Roland Martinson
April 23 @ 2pm (EST)
A Guide for Family Faith Formation – Laura Keely & Dr. Robert Keeley
April 30 @ 12 noon (EST)
Reachable Reconciliation – An Interview with Fred Oduyoye
May 14 @ 12 noon (EST)
Visual Faith for Families – Dr. Nancy Going
May 21 @ 12pm noon (EST)
The Generative Church – Dr. Cory Seibel
May 28 @ 12pm noon (EST)
Reciprocal Relationships – Dr. Sharon Ketcham
June 11 @ 12pm noon (EST)
Pivoting Faith Formation – John Roberto
Several Dates in June 2020
Strengthening Families to Nurture Faith
Sept 1, Noon-1:30pm (EST)
Churches that Cultivate “Calling” in People of All Ages
Sept 10, Noon-1:30pm (EST)
An ever-growing list of free or low cost resources are available on our Catalyst site. These are resources that you can use to develop online faith formation programming for all ages in your faith community.
Each week, we discuss a topic on Catalyst. Currently Catalyst members are sharing a wealth of ideas in how they are navigating Coronavirus in their own ministries. Join the conversation today!
Discount on the Visual Faith Database
After several churches have asked how they can use Visual Faith images online, we created a plan for leaders, churches, and ministry groups to use the Visual Faith Project for their online gatherings. In order to make the database images more accessible to everyone, we are selling database subscriptions for only $100 (reduced from $150). We are also providing a FREE 5-page overview of how these cards can be used in various online ministry settings. This document includes links to 32 free Visual Faith lessons/experiences to use.
If you have questions or would like to connect us about these programs and services, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to talking to you about how we can help cultivate Vibrant Faith together in this unusual time.