Connect: Using Technology for Faith Formation

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If you want to learn how social media, texting, and the internet can be tools you can use instead of things to avoid, this is the workshop for you! This basic introduction to some emerging tools and technologies will show how they can help enhance the ministries of the local church.

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  • Connect: Using Technology for Faith Formation

    1. 1. Connect: Using Technology for Faith Formation<br />Beth Lewis, <br />President & CEO<br />Augsburg Fortress<br />August 2010<br />All Rights Reserved <br />© 2010 Augsburg Fortress<br />
    2. 2. Why do we care?<br />
    3. 3. The world has changed….<br />
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    5. 5. Faith Formation <br />168 hours<br /><ul><li> 1 hour</li></ul>167 hours<br />
    6. 6. Source: Nielsenwire, March 2010<br />
    7. 7. Source: Nielsenwire May 2010 <br />
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    9. 9. But, let’s step back to the new “open door”…. your website<br />Calvary LC-Minneapolis, MN<br />www.clchurch.org<br />
    10. 10. United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, <br />Leawood, KS www.cor.org<br />
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    12. 12. 1st Presbyterian, Corvallis, OR<br />www.1stpres.org<br />
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    14. 14. Various groups to reach various interests<br />Holy Spirit LC, Las Vegas, NV <br />www.holyspiritlc.org<br />
    15. 15. Links to Sunday School, Kids Bible Study, Kids Choir, etc. <br />Kids blog<br />Trinity United Methodist Church<br />Homewood, AL <br />www.trinitybirmingham.com<br />
    16. 16. Invitation to Starbucks Bible Study<br />Trinity LC<br />Lansdale, PA<br />www.trinitylansdale.com<br />
    17. 17. Phinney Ridge LC, Seattle, WA <br />Uses their site to educate on the seasons of the church year<br />www.prlc.org<br />
    18. 18. Link to an external photo site <br />Emmaus LC- Racine, WI <br />www.emmaus-racine.org<br />
    19. 19. Free RSS feeds including <br />Lectionary Readings list <br />www.augsburgfortress.org<br />
    20. 20. Prince of Peace LC<br />Phoenix, AZ<br />www.aplaceofgrace.org<br />
    21. 21. Forms, policies, etc.<br />
    22. 22. Newsletter sign-up <br />House for All Sinners & Saints<br />Denver, CO<br />www.houseforall.org<br />
    23. 23. Web based time & talent inventory<br />Gloria Dei LC<br />Olympia, WA <br />www.gloriadayolympia.org<br />
    24. 24. Spiritual gifts assessment <br />Good Shepherd LC, Plover, WI<br />www.eflock.org<br />
    25. 25. Standard Forms<br />Our Savior’s LC<br />West Bend, WI <br />www.oslcwb.org<br />
    26. 26. St. Andrew LC<br />Eden Prairie, MN<br />www.standrewlu.org<br />
    27. 27. Privacy policy<br />Bethlehem LC<br />Encinitas, CA http://www.blcenc.org<br />
    28. 28. Social Networking<br />
    29. 29. Social Networking Sites<br />Using an existing site<br />Facebook.com<br />Facebook.com/sparksundayschool <br />Twitter<br />Bookoffaith.ning.com<br />Creativeworshiptour.com <br />Congregation-specific<br />Specific interest areas <br />Parents of preschool children<br />Families with teenagers<br />Small group members<br />Prospective students<br />Current participants<br />
    30. 30. First English LC<br />Appleton, WI<br />www.felc.org<br />
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    33. 33. Interesting blog post re: successfully using Facebook ads to <br />invite people to Christmas performances <br />http://blog.ourchurch.com<br />
    34. 34. http://twitter.com<br />
    35. 35. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/bethalewis<br />
    36. 36. My Twitter feeds my Facebook page…one stop communication<br />
    37. 37. http://bookoffaith.ning.com<br />New England Synod Group page<br />Faith LC, Chico, CA group page<br />
    38. 38. www.bookoffaith.org<br />www.bookoffaith.ning.com<br />
    39. 39. www.creativeworshiptour.com<br />
    40. 40. Blogs<br />Personality-driven, not like other organizational communications<br />More like a personal letter<br />Keep it current<br />Links to your site and others’<br />Choose your blogger(s) carefully<br />Authenticity is essential<br />Invite & encourage, but moderate comments<br />
    41. 41. Blogs invite participation<br />Book discussion group at Halfway Creek LC<br />Holmen, WI<br />www.halfwaycreek.org<br />
    42. 42. http://sarcasticlutheran.typepad.com/sarcastic_lutheran<br />
    43. 43. Or, you can have a video blog<br />Trinity Episcopal, Sacramento, CA<br />www.trinitycathedral.org<br />
    44. 44. My public blog. www.augsburgfortress.org/blog<br />
    45. 45. “For those of you who don’t have a blog yet, think of one as a large yellow Labrador: friendly, fun, not all that bright, but constantly demanding your attention.” …..David CarrNew York Times columnist<br />
    46. 46. Free webinars<br />www.augsburgfortress.org/webinar<br />
    47. 47. So, you want to reach high school & college students? Young adults?<br />
    48. 48. Texting: the communications tool of choice<br /> for high school & college students<br /> and young adults<br />A possible solution for group text messaging: http://www.tatango.com<br />
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    51. 51. Help! I can’t do all of this!<br />Volunteers & student interns<br />Youth service projects<br />Class projects<br />Free help:<br />www.augsburgfortress.org/rss/<br />www.elca.org/webministry/<br />http://www.lutherlink.org<br />www.creativeworshiptour.com<br />Synod communicators<br />
    52. 52. Technology enhanced faith formation resources<br />
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    54. 54. First English LC<br />Appleton, WI <br />www.felc.org<br />
    55. 55. First English LC<br />Appleton, WI <br />www.felc.org<br />
    56. 56. First Evangelical LC<br />Longmont, CO<br />http://felckidfaith.org/wp/<br />
    57. 57. www.activatefaith.org/online<br />
    58. 58. Here We Stand Confirmation 2.0 launched June 2010<br />www.augsburgfortress.org/herewestand<br />
    59. 59. Video instruction for HWS 2.0 & more<br />Subscribe to the Augsburg Fortress channel on YouTube<br />www.youtube.com/user/augsburgfortress<br />
    60. 60. re:form confirmation<br />www.wearesparkhouse.org/reform<br />
    61. 61. Video & print samples<br />www.wearesparkhouse.org/reform<br />
    62. 62. Subscribe to the sparkhouse channel on You Tube<br />www.youtube.com/user/wearesparkhouse<br />
    63. 63. Communion Preparation Resources<br /> www.fedandforgiven.com<br /><ul><li>Leader Guide
    64. 64. DVD
    65. 65. Learner resource Pre K-K
    66. 66. Learner resource Grades 1-3
    67. 67. Learner resource Grades 4-6
    68. 68. Learner resource Adult
    69. 69. Communion Certificate
    70. 70. Resource kit : DVD, Leader Guide, 1 copy of each of the other items.</li></li></ul><li>www.fedandforgiven.com<br />
    71. 71. Coming soon….“The Greatest Story”<br />
    72. 72. Worship & the Web<br />
    73. 73. Video on your site<br />Calvary LC- Minneapolis, MN www.clchurch.org<br />
    74. 74. www.sundaysandseasons.com<br />
    75. 75. FREE!<br />http://thehardestquestion.org<br />
    76. 76. Free downloadable lectionary dates<br />www.augsburgfortress.org/redbook<br />
    77. 77. My favorite tech-tools<br />Smart phone<br />Wireless access card<br />Flip Video<br />Amazon Kindle<br />
    78. 78. One mission. One future. Together.<br />
    79. 79. Please don’t hesitate to contact me <br />if we may assist you!Beth Lewisbeth.lewis@augsburgfortress.org<br />http://twitter.com/bethalewis<br />www.augsburgfortress.org/blog<br />

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