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Faith Formation: Tech Helps

Resources including: Children & Family Curricula & Storytime; Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism; Denominational Resources; Tween & Teen Mental and Spiritual Health; Sexuality & Identity; and Online/At-Home Tech

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of online and at-home faith formation tech assists. Here you'll find:

  • tips for creatively taking your faith formation ministry online
  • technical tools to facilitate lively gatherings and confidential conversations
  • Judicatory and Other Denominational guidelines for best practices and professional protocols

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Creative Online Faith Formation

FREE ONLINE CLASSROOM from Upper Room Learning is a guide for creating safe and accessible online spaces for all ages

Taking Your Youth Ministry Online is a downloadable and free how-to on connecting with youth in meaningful ways online.

 eform, supported by Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary, offers a number of brief video introductions on creating online worship, faith formation, safe space, and community.

Children, Faith, and the Church

Moderated by David Csinos

Featuring Panelists: Malinda Berry, Henry Zonio, Natalie Frisk, and Becky Degan

Time: Thursday, October 8th, 2:00 p.m. E.T.
Questions? Contact info@mennomedia.org

Luther Crest

Bold Transformational Faith

A partnership to bring faith formation tools and resources ​from CAMP to your CONGREGATION

Amanda Meisenheimer unpacks how to embrace the challenges of digital ministry and find the joy again. Learn more.

Hope4CE shares a really basic but helpful outline for creating community on zoom between elders, caring individuals, and kids and families. Scroll through the blog posts for additional ideas for tackling current topics, engaging all ages, and outdoor ministry ideas.

Technical Tools & Aids

Cherish All Children Church Partnerships

Join Cherish All Children in their vision of raising healthy generations free from sexual exploitation. Predators have adjusted to the pandemic, making safety education and prevention measures more needed now than ever

Your congregation can engage via:

  • Adult/mentor Zoom learning and training

  • Virtual Tween & Teen training about healthy relationships & online safety

  • Pre-recorded conversations or trainings to play in online gatherings, such as this session with St. John’s Lutheran, Shakopee

Visit the Cherish All Children website to find out more, and contact Joy McElroy at joy.mcelroy@cherishallchildren.org to get started!

Worship using tablets, smart phones, and laptops

Podcast Episode 69: “Practicing Ministry in Digital Spaces” featuring Keith Anderson

Lewis Center for Church Leadership has a growing list of Covid-19-related resources on topics of Social Action, Stewardship, Technology, and Hospitality.

Judicatory and Other Denominational Resources

All of the United Methodist Communications' Local Church Learning Sessions have been developed specifically to support local United Methodist churches during this extraordinary time. New sessions will be added here as they are produced.

Many judicatories are urging an avoidance of intimate and/or confidential conversations on many online platforms to safeguard vulnerable individuals and maintain healthy boundaries. 

The Inter-Group Association of AA for New York, Inc. offers some best practices suggestions here.

shares a whole page of excellent online faith-building experiences with creative approaches to worship and faith formation.

The Office of Christian Formation (fb) (PCUSA) has suggestions for transformations in faith formation for the long haul and encourages support of our elders during the COVID-19 crisis.

(fb) offers zoom APCE webinars covering worship, youth and family, and older adults and in their blog, Advocate, share numerous ideas for embracing the new normal along with insightful reflections on lessons learned from COVID-19 quarantines.