Symposium 2019

Effective Practices & Promising Innovations in Faith Formation

Vibrant Faith is pleased to announce the 2019 Faith Formation Symposium program on Effective Practices & Promising Innovations in Faith Formation.


The 2019 Symposium continues the exploration of current trends and future directions in faith formation begun by John Roberto with symposium programs on “Intergenerational Faith Formation” (2014), “Adult Faith Formation” (2015), “Family Faith Formation” (2016), and “Faith Formation with a New Generation” (2017).

Connecticut
(Avon Old Farms Hotel):

October 3-5, 2019

Chicago
(Hilt
on Garden Inn O’Hare):

October 24-26, 2019

Denver
(Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek):

November 14-16, 2019

Vibrant Faith Ministries is launching a new initiative to discover the most effective, evidence-based practices that promote Christian faith growth and discipleship with children, adolescents, young adults, adults, families, and all ages (intergenerational) in Christian churches. Vibrant Faith believes that we need evidence-based research into 21st century practices that promote lifelong faith and discipleship to guide pastors and faith formation leaders in creating transforming faith formation for everyone.

It is our hope that developing a body of knowledge on effective practices in Christian faith formation will inform congregational faith formation across Christian traditions – making them more responsive, adaptive, and effective in promoting lifelong faith and discipleship in everyone. Having this knowledge provides a tremendous asset in designing faith formation that is engaging and responsive to 21st century children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and families.

Throughout 2019 Vibrant Faith will be conducting research in congregations to identify the most effective practices in promoting Christian discipleship and faith growth. The research project will include a new survey of Christian congregations to uncover the most effective practices in faith formation with children, adolescents, young adults, adults, families, and all ages (intergenerational).  Vibrant Faith will produce a report of the research findings that will be used as the basis for the 2019 Symposium.

At the 2019 Symposium leaders will review and analyze the results of the report on effective practices and promising innovations, develop implications of the research study for the future of faith formation, and create ways to use the research to design and enhance faith formation in congregations.

The Vibrant Faith Leadership Team – Nancy Going, Jim LaDoux, and John Roberto – will guide the Symposium program along with assistance from experts who have worked on the Effective Practices research project.

Schedule

The program begins on Thursday at 1 pm and concludes on Saturday at 12 noon.

THURSDAY

11:00 am – Registration
1:00 pm –    Session 1. Thriving Congregations:
                          What We Know from Research & Practice 
5:30 pm –     Dinner (included with registration fee)
7:00 pm –     Session 2. Thriving Faith Formation: What Did
                          We Find from the Vibrant Faith Research
                          Project 
9:00 pm –     Conclude

FRIDAY

9:00 am –      Session 3. Analyzing the Research Findings on
                           Congregations & Faith Formation
12 noon –      Lunch (included with registration fee)
1:30 pm –      Session 4. Creating a Culture of Lifelong Faith
                           Formation in Congregations: Practices &
                           Approaches 
5:30 pm –      Dinner (included with registration fee)
7:00 pm –      Session 5. Designing Lifelong Faith Formation
                           using the Research Findings
9:00 pm –     Conclude

SATURDAY

8:30 am –      Session 6. Making Lifelong Faith Formation a
                           Reality in Every Church

12 noon –      Close

Register Early!

The Registration Fee is $375 per person which includes all of the preparation and program materials, as well as three meals:
Thursday dinner, and Friday lunch and dinner.
We are limited to 80 people at each of our three program locations. So please register early!

Connecticut (Avon Old Farms Hotel): October 3-5, 2019

Register for Connecticut

Hotel

Avon Old Farms Hotel
279 Avon Mountain Road, Avon, CT (860-677-1651; 800-836-4000)

Room Rates
$117.00 – Annex Accommodations (Rooms have outdoor access.)
$127.00 – Luxury Accommodations

The reduced room rate is available on Wednesday and Saturday nights as well.
A complimentary continental breakfast is served in the lower lobby daily and there is also a full-service restaurant for breakfast.

Reserve your room by Wednesday, September 11, 2019 to get the reduced rate. You can reserve your room by calling the hotel directly at (800) 836-4000. Ask for the Vibrant Faith Symposium room rate. Book early because there are a limited number of discounted rooms.

Airport Transportation

There is complimentary airport transportation to and from Bradley International Airport (Hartford, CT). To make a reservation for pick-up at Bradley Airport, please make advance reservations by contacting Jeanne Soto at (860)-677-1651 or transportation@avonoldfarmshotel.com.

Chicago (Hilton Garden Inn O'Hare): October 24-26, 2019

Register for Chicago

Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn O’Hare
2930 South River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois (847-296-8900)

Room Rate
$119.00 (single or double)
The reduced room rate is available on Wednesday and Saturday nights as well.

Reserve your room by September 23, 2019 to get the discounted rate. Book early because there are a limited number of discounted rooms. You can reserve your room by calling the hotel directly at (847) 296-8900 OR by going online to thier webpage

Transportation

Airport – There is a complimentary 24-hour shuttle service to and from O’Hare Airport. The shuttle leaves the hotel every 20 minutes from 6 am–10 pm and then leaves every 30 minutes overnight. The shuttle picks up in front of door 2 of the bus and shuttle center for domestic flights. If you are flying in through the international terminal please contact the front desk for pick up information by calling on our main line of (847) 296-8900. The pickup at the international terminal is in front of door E. For more detailed information go to their website.

For those who are driving, there is free parking for the Symposium.

Denver (Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek): November 14-16, 2019

Register for Denver

Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek
600 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, Colorado (303-754-9800)

Room Rates
$129.00 (single or double)
The reduced room rate is available on Wednesday and Saturday nights as well.
Complimentary hot cooked-to-order breakfast will be provided for each hotel guest in the Great American Grill.

Reserve your room by Thursday, October 24, 2019 to get the reduced rate. Book early because there are a limited number of discounted rooms. You can reserve your room by calling Hilton Reservations at (877) 782-9444. Be sure to use the group name: 2019 Future of Faith Formation. OR you can go online to www.hgicherrycreek.com and select the date you would like to check in and check out, then click on “Reserve Today” on the left side of the page. In Step 2, on the left side of the page under “Narrow Your Results”, click on “Have a Special Code.” Next, you must enter the Group Code: FFF. A new option on the right-hand side will appear with your group name and group rate.  Select the green flag next to that rate.

If you need to arrive early or stay late, please call the hotel’s front desk at (303) 754-9800 to make their reservation.

Transportation

Airport – The hotel is 20 miles from Denver International Airport. The Super Shuttle is $27 one way. Uber or Lyft are available for approximately $30 one way.

For those who are driving, there is a free underground parking garage and complimentary valet service.  

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