Evolve 2021

We are Living in a New Normal: Laity and Clergy need new tools to reach people for Christ

EVOLVE for 2021 in the North Alabama Conference is a continuing education opportunity designed to provide powerful tools, information, and resources to help the clergy and laity of the North Alabama Conference to courageously lead into a future we cannot yet imagine. We have assembled top-notch leaders to speak to us through the Zoom platform and will provide breakout sessions for continued learning together.

September 2021 Event

September 14, 2021: Jason Moore: "Both/And: Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences for Online and In-Person Audiences"

This 2.5 hour workshop will delve into strategies for how to create powerful transformative worship where no one feels like they’re an afterthought.

It will explore:

  • Re-imagining worship for both/and
  • How to create interactive both/and experiences
  • Bringing at home and in-person audiences together in real time
  • Alternative opportunities for online audiences watching in-person live streams
  • Repurposing in-person worship for online audiences
  • Strategies for adapting practices for both/and
  • Avoiding letting your groove becoming a rut
  • And more

Before the global pandemic, the majority of congregations who were streaming worship online were (more or less) creating an experience for the people gathered in-person in their buildings. Leaders would often (at some point) look into the camera and say, "And if you're worshiping with us online, we're glad you've joined us." They'd then look back at the people gathered in person and continue on with a worship experience designed as a physical gathering.

This meant that the home audience were observers of what was happening in real time on-site. They could watch, but not truly participate. This model (arguably) worked because - at the time - we knew nothing different.

In March 2020, when congregations ended in-person worship and went online (many for the first time) the methodology for streaming worship completely shifted paradigms. Everything was about the home audience. There was no one in the room, and the people at home could feel that shift. They knew they were being talked to directly.

Now we face one of the most critical moves in the next iteration of the online worship experience. As we move back into our buildings, we mustn't return to making people at home observers after talking directly to them for so long. They'll feel that too. 
We also can't take an approach where we treat the in-person crowd as the studio audience, providing the laugh or clap track, for the people watching at home. Neither of these audiences should feel secondary.

If we fail to think about how to create a BOTH/AND scenario as we go back to in-person worship, we will lose so much of what we've gained in these last seven-plus months.

Join us for Both/And: Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences For Online and In-Person Audiences!

Event sponsored by the Bishop and Cabinet, New and Renewing Churches, Multicultural Ministries, and the Board of Ordained Ministry.



 


Spring 2021 Series

  • January 12, 2021: Becca Stevens: "Love and Healing Your Community"
  • March 2, 2021: Tony MorganAll day workshop "Digital Strategies Masterclass"
  • March 16, 2021: Susan Beaumont: "How To Lead When You Don’t Know Where You Are Going"
  • April 20, 2021: Nona Jones: "From Social Media to Social Ministry: A Guide to Digital Discipleship"
  • May 18, 2021:  Michael Beck: "Contextual Intelligence"
  • June 1, 2021: Gil Rendle: "Quietly Courageous:  Leading the Church in a Changing World"

Feel free to pick and choose events, or register for the whole program. This opportunity is open to all!

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Each session begins at 9 a.m. Zoom invitations will be provided closer to the time of the event. Your greatest gain will probably come from the preparatory reading of the leaders’ books and podcasts.

Event sponsored by the Bishop and Cabinet, New and Renewing Churches, Multicultural Ministries, and the Board of Ordained Ministry.

Cost:

Early-bird registration (by January 1)

  • All 6 sessions (includes Tony Morgan workshop) — $279
  • Tony Morgan workshop session — $89
  • Other individual sessions — $45 each

Regular prices (after January 1)

  • All 6 sessions (including Tony Morgan workshop) — $299
  • Tony Morgan session — Flash Sale now only $5
  • Other individual sessions — $49 each

 


EVOLVE 2021: January 12, 2021: Becca Stevens: "Love and Healing Your Community"


EVOLVE 2021: March 2, 2021: Tony Morgan: "Digital Strategies Masterclass" (All day workshop)


EVOLVE 2021: March 16, 2021: Susan Beaumont: "How To Lead When You Don’t Know Where You Are Going"


EVOLVE 2021: April 20, 2021: Nona Jones: "From Social Media to Social Ministry: A Guide to Digital Discipleship"


EVOLVE 2021: May 18, 2021: Michael Beck: "Contextual Intelligence"


EVOLVE 2021: June 1, 2021: Gil Rendle: "Quietly Courageous: Leading the Church in a Changing World"


Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.