Our Vibrant Faith team has spent years developing Visual Faith as a go-to curriculum for engaging people in surprisingly deep conversations about faith and life. We know from vast experience—nothing opens people to exploration and transformation more powerfully than a visual catalyst for spiritual conversation.
It’s that simple.
We’ve created 52 surprising ways for you to spark faith-forming adventures—our Year 1 collection is flexible enough to be used as a full-scale curriculum or as the focus for small-group conversations, or as the “meaty center” in a large-group teaching setting. You’ll find each experience easy to lead and rich in conversational fruit—that’s because this approach is grounded in decades of research and the life-changing teaching of Jesus.
You’ll also receive access to our Visual Faith Image Database, a comprehensive collection of ___ images, which allows you to customize experiences for your ministry, program, or personal use.
Jesus said: “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light” (Luke 11:34, NLT). What our eyes see—what we take into ourselves visually—can “fill us with light.” That’s true literally and metaphorically.
Our Vibrant Faith team has spent years developing Visual Faith as a go-to curriculum and small group resource for engaging people in surprisingly deep conversations about faith and life. We know from vast experience—nothing opens people to exploration and transformation more powerfully than a visual catalyst for spiritual conversation.
It’s that simple.
We’ve created 52 surprising ways for you to spark faith-forming adventures—our collection is flexible enough to be used as a full-scale Bible study curriculum or as a go-to small-group ministry resource or as the “meaty center” in a large-group teaching setting. You’ll find each experience easy to lead and rich in conversational fruit—that’s because this approach is grounded in decades of research and the life-changing teaching of Jesus.
Vocational parenting is an approach to faith formation that is about moving beyond education to formation that leads to transformation. In order to accomplish this, we need to move beyond faith formation as a set of programs to create and nurture a whole culture — an “ecosystem” of faith formation that begins in children’s and youth’s primary and foundational relationships, their parents. We believe that heart and hands must accompany head in one’s faith journey, so in addition to the classroom learning, this model of ministry seeks to create opportunities for faith mentoring, faith socializing, and even faith surfing by tapping into the life experiences of multiple generations. We operate under the conviction that the content of faith has no traction outside of faith-based relationships. In this course you’ll learn some of the ways our church leaders have partnered with parents to jump into vocational ministry models, and some of the on-the-ground practices that are a part of it. Raising the bar rather than lowering it invites our families to dig deep, and integrate what they’re learning into their daily family rhythms.
More About Dannica Olsen
With more than 18 years of ministry experience, Dannica Olsen loves to meet ministry challenges with creativity and is always looking for new ways for families to authentically experience the presence and nearness of God in their daily lives. She graduated from Luther Seminary (’09) with a Masters in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry and has been in the same congregation, innovating and reimagining ministry with youth and their families for the past 13 years. Dannica is a member of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network’s Podcast team, Third Tuesday Conversation, and serves as a Director for Synod Gathering Champions for the ELCA Youth Gathering. She lives with her husband, Patrick and their two young children, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dates of Live Sessions
Thursday, December 1, 2022 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST
Thursday, December 8, 2022 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST
You’ll receive a registration link in your purchase confirmation email. Please click the link and follow the prompts to register in your course.
This masterclass presents an uplifting, fresh, and flexible approach to connecting the domestic church with the wider parish community, one that will work in congregations of all shapes and sizes. The course provides concrete steps of how to start and how to keep building a faith formation process that engages, empowers, and energizes every family. Drawing from research and experience, Denise Utter shares real-life stories, practical examples, and multiple resources. Dig into the key lessons we learned from the disruption of the pandemic and discover principles and strategies that are creating the next iteration of faith formation: using digital tools and methods, connecting parents to each other and the community, equipping parents for faith conversations and faith practices, encouraging families to create faith plans and share stories. You will come away with renewed hope for faith formation and a packed toolbox for building the vision in your community.
More About Denise Utter
Denise Utter is a speaker, coach, writer, and the author of Engage Every Family! A Parish Guide to Integrated Faith Formation (from Twenty Third Publications available late summer 2022). She works with church leaders at the diocesan and parish level, exploring new approaches to faith formation that promise to encourage, empower and equip parents, and invigorate faith communities. Her other publications include articles for Catechetical Leader, Catechist Magazine, Take Out: Our Faith on the Go! (OSV) and Vibrant Faith’s online Catalyst. She has written online curriculum for Our Sunday Visitor, Center for Ministry Development, and the Archdiocese of Chicago. She has over 30 years of experience in field of education and ministry, having a B.S. in Education and a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Denise lives in Chicago with her husband, Rob. They have three adult children and one grandson.
Dates of Live Sessions
Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST
You’ll receive registration link in your purchase confirmation email. Please click the link and follow the prompts to register and access your course.
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Following Jesus is a new, 40-lesson, small-group curriculum experience for the church—uniquely created by Rick Lawrence to meet the deeper longings for relationships that youth and adults say they have. What’s in Your Purchase: A Comprehensive User Guide (for either youth or adult ministry, or for mixed-age groups) An editable Leader Guide and Participant Handout […]
Up to 1 hour with your Vibrant Faith coach. Contact your coach to schedule your sessions and include a copy of the confirmation in your email if possible.
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Our Vibrant Faith team has developed these story-based Calling Now devotional experiences to help both youth and adults deeply explore God’s answers to these questions in their lives. These experiences are flexible—easy to use either online or in person. And they are expertly designed to help people develop deeper connections with God.
The one-day coaching intensive is designed to help leaders use coaching principles and practices to accelerate learning and transformation in people’s lives and ministries. The course will provide leaders with the skills and tools to frame conversations in ways that lead to new awareness, new actions, and new learnings.
Participants will learn what coaching is and isn’t, how to set appropriate norms and expectations for coaching, and how to facilitate coaching conversations that address what’s most important in people’s lives.
This training will also address the differences between coaching individuals, groups and organizations. Participants will have the opportunity to be coaches, clients and observers during one or more of the sessions.