Shaping Faith in a Digital Culture
A joint conference of Pastors and Leaders 2020
and Deep Faith
Monday, March 2, 7 p.m. — Thursday, March 5, 12:30 p.m.
How do we recognize the gospel in our digitally saturated culture? Join other pastors, lay leaders, formation leaders, youth leaders, parents, and educators as we attend to faith formation in the congregation and community.
The conference will feature Karen-Marie Yust, M.Div., Th.D., author of Real Kids, Real Faith and professor of Christian education at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.
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Preachers and teachers
Karen-Marie Yust, M.Div., Th.D., is professor of Christian education at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and the author of Real Kids, Real Faith. Over two plenary sessions, Yust will draw from her research on digital culture and spirituality to provide practical implications for the effects of digital culture on spirituality, particularly among children, youth and young adults.
Malinda Elizabeth Berry, PhD, is associate professor of theology and ethics at AMBS. Berry is committed to Anabaptism in the Mennonite tradition in her approach to an array of topics including Christian social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and renewing congregational life in its structural and spiritual dimensions. In the opening keynote, she will speak to the theological, ecclesial, relational, and practical questions we ought to consider as we both participate in and challenge digital culture.
Andy Brubacher Kaethler, PhD, is associate professor of Christian formation and culture at AMBS as well as the director of the Center for Faith Formation.He is passionate about helping learners develop the ability to engage culture both critically and compassionately. Brubacher Kaethler will draw from his 25 years of experience in Christian formation in educational, conference, congregational, and camp settings.
David C. Cramer, PhD, is managing editor of the Institute of Mennonite Studies and a sessional faculty member at AMBS. Drawing on his passion for understanding the difference Christian faith makes for how Christians live in contemporary society, Cramer will explore the discernment practices he employs as he engages in digital culture.
Through worship, prayer, teaching sessions and workshops, we’ll explore the biblical and theological grounding that shapes our faith in our digital culture.
This year Pastors and Leaders 2020 and Deep Faith are providing a wide range of engaging workshops to enrich your conference experience. Sample titles of workshops include:
- The Dark Side of Digital Saturation: Helping People out of Addiction to Online Pornography and Dependency Relationships
- Embodied Preaching in a High-Tech Space
- Engaging Social Media in an Emotionally Intelligent Way
- Finding True Love in a Digital Age
- Incarnational Theology and Contemplative Practices for All Ages
- #MakePeace: Social Media Shalom
- Messy Church: A Playfully Serious Way to Shape Faith in a Complex World
- Supporting Healthy Christian Formation for Children and Youth: A Digital Media Rule of Life.
Workshops will run during the mornings and afternoons of Tuesday and Wednesday.
Monday 7 p.m.: Opening worship and plenary session: Malinda Elizabeth Berry
Tuesday 8:45 a.m.: Worship
Tuesday 9:45 a.m.: Workshops
Tuesday 10:45 a.m.: Break
Tuesday 11:30 a.m.: Plenary: Karen-Marie Yust
Tuesday 12:15 p.m.: Lunch
Tuesday 2 p.m.: Workshops
Tuesday 3 p.m.: Break
Tuesday 3:30 p.m.: Reflection
Tuesday 7 p.m.: Plenary: Karen-Marie Yust
Wednesday 8:45 a.m.: Worship
Wednesday 9:45 a.m.: Workshops
Wednesday 10:45 a.m.: Break
Wednesday 11:30 a.m.: Plenary: Andy Brubacher Kaethler
Wednesday 12:15 p.m.: Lunch
Wednesday 2 p.m.: Workshops
Wednesday 3 p.m.: Break
Wednesday 3:30 p.m.: Reflection
Wednesday 6 p.m.: Banquet
Thursday 8:45 a.m.: Worship
Thursday 9:45 a.m.: Break
Thursday 10:30 a.m.: Plenary: David Cramer
Thursday 11:30 a.m.: Reflection
Thursday 12 p.m.: Lunch and Linger
Listen to past Pastors and Leaders conferences
If you missed past conferences, you might have missed out on the community, but you can still listen to what the speakers had to say. Click the orange arrow below to listen to the keynote messages.
Leadership Clinics will take place on Monday, March 2. View more information about Leadership Clinics.
Discounts and Fees
Register before January 20, 2020 for $195 for an individual.
For a full list of discounts and fees, please view our Discounts and Fees page.
Continuing Education Units
Attending all Pastors Week plenary and workshop sessions earns 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Indicate if you would like to receive CEUs when you register, and pick up your CEU certificate when leaving the final session Thursday afternoon.
Listen to recordings of plenary sessions from Pastors and Leaders 2018 and 2019.