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
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