Technology, Innovation and Thriving Congregations: Changing our Mindset
Wednesday April 14, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. 
What effect does this introduction of technology have on the life and culture of the local church? What changes in how we think about church and gathering together need to be made so as to take into account the new realities, and to maintain, and even increase the sense of community and belonging that all thriving congregations have?
This is the third conversation from the University of Southern California's Center for Religion and Civic Culture’s 2021 Reimagining Church: Thriving Congregations Conversations series, and will examine the effects that virtual forms of gathering during the pandemic have had on the life and culture of local congregations. 

The Haven: Becoming a Hybrid Church
Tuesday, April 27 at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (choose one)
Join ELCA pastor/author Dave Daubert for a conversation based on his book: Becoming a Hybrid Church. Dave’s goal is to help leaders work with their congregations to imagine how the pandemic is not just something to get through, but also a platform for the future work of the church. This new church already has a wider reach (which is exciting) but may have to juggle more plates if we don’t make good choices (which is scary). And things like physical attendance may not look the same as before (which may cause real anxiety).

Let’s begin to talk through this hard subject in a way that will help everyone move forward, because the old church we used to have is not coming back, a new one is coming forward!
In addition to consulting, teaching, writing and coaching, Dave is the pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Elgin, IL, and has served as Director for Renewal of Congregations for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has two Master's degrees in ministry, a D.M. in Preaching, and a Ph.D in Theological Studies. He also holds certificates in Non-Profit Management, Coaching and Spiritual Formation. 

His newest books are part of the Discipleship Guides for Lutherans series.

You can purchase Becoming a Hybrid Church from Amazon or at Dave’s website.

The Haven: Clicks and Community -
A Conversation on Ministry in a Tech-Shaped Culture
 Thursday May 6 at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (choose one)
Technology has changed the way we learn, connect, collaborate, and create. The pandemic helped the church catch up a bit, but now what?
Join author Ryan Panzer ("Grace and Gigabytes") for a conversation on how technology has shaped our culture and what that could mean for the future of the church. In this conversation, we’ll consider what it looks like to align ministry with the values of our shared tech-shaped culture. We'll discuss the questions you might want to consider as you think about hybrid ministry (online plus offline) in your context. We'll talk about what hybrid ministry looks like in high-tech, low-tech and no-tech congregations.
Bring your questions about your congregation's digital future, along with any challenges or concerns you have about ministry in a digital age! 

Ryan Panzer is the author of Grace and Gigabytes: Being Church in a Tech-Shaped Culture and spent his career in the worlds of church leadership and technology, earning his M.A. from Luther Seminary while 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. 

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