Opening Session Series | Leadership Focus 2021

The Holy and the Hybrid

Opening Session Series

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The Holy and the Hybrid: Preparing the Way for the Church’s New Normal
Opening Keynote on Thursday, February 25 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time

On Sunday, March 8th, 2020, less than one in ten churches live-streamed their worship services. Most didn’t have a website. Many didn’t use social media. In a matter of days, Christian leaders rapidly reinvented their ministries almost exclusively for digital interaction.

As we anticipate both a return to in-person assembly and a new normal, we have an opportunity to prepare a new way of being church. In this opening session, Ryan Panzer will help us envision how we can apply what we have learned since March 2020 towards the church’s new normal. Hybrid ministry (a combination of offline and online connections) creates a missional opportunity where digital apps and tools can deepen faith formation, enrich congregational bonds, and strengthen Christian fellowship, even as our buildings reopen.

The opening session includes Q&A and breakouts and addresses the following:

  • What is hybrid ministry, and why will it be so important when we reach our new normal?
  • Why does hybrid ministry represent a missional opportunity?
  • What does hybrid ministry look like in worship, faith formation, and church leadership?

 

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Holy & Hybrid Opening Session Series

Following Ryan’s keynote, we’ll take a deeper-dive into ministry in a hybrid environment. In three 60-minute “Tech Talk” sessions, Ryan will help us explore concrete practices and specific tools in greater depth. Workshops include time for Q&A and breakout discussion, staggered throughout the presentation. Tech Talks will focus on:

  • Hybrid Worship (March 2 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time): Tools and practices for creating weekly digital content to support worship; themes and messages; setup and software for creating parity of experience between online and in-person attendees
  • Hybrid Faith Formation (March 4 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time): Constructivism and the importance of “flipping the classroom”; How to teach course material through podcasts, blogs, and video; how best to use synchronous gathering time for digitally-integrated spiritual practice
  • Hybrid Church Leadership (March 9 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time): Understanding how digital culture prioritizes collaboration, and what digital collaboration means for leadership processes; stewardship in a hybrid landscape.

 

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Presenter:

Ryan Panzer, ELCA leader and author of Grace and Gigabytes: Being Church in a Tech-Shaped Culture

Ryan Panzer is the author of “Grace and Gigabytes: Being Church in a Tech-Shaped Culture” (Fortress Press, December 2020). Ryan has spent his career in the worlds of church leadership and technology. He received his M.A. from Luther Seminary while simultaneously working for Google. Ryan continues to serve as a learning and leadership development professional in the technology industry, as a researcher on digital technology in the church, and as a lay leader at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Madison. A student of digital media and its influence on our lives, he is focused on coaching Christian leaders to imagine the church’s hybrid future, which will seamlessly blend offline and online experiences of worship, service, and spiritual practice. He lives in Madison, WI with his wife, Annie, and 1-year-old daughter, Alice. When Ryan isn’t researching, writing, or playing with his toddler, he enjoys attending every Wisconsin Badger football game. For more writings and resources, visit www.ryanpanzer.com.

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Click here to view the complete workshop schedule for Leadership Focus 2021.

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