Digital Church Planting Training:
Creating Faith Communities for Transformative Ministry 2021




Path 1 is excited to announce the launch of the Digital Church Planting Training for 2021. Led by experts in the field, this course walks you through the new world of digital planting and provides detailed ideas for launching and sustaining online worship, faith communities, and starting other creative digital ministry solutions.

Topics Covered:
  • How Everyday Christians Can Cultivate New Online Christian Communities
  • The Discipleship Journey
  • Church Planting for All
  • Organized Love

Dive Deeper
Last fall, when many churches were scrambling to live into the emergent reality of digital ministry, Path 1 convened a group of practitioners and thought leaders to equip churches for this new form of church. The response to that training was overwhelming, and we thank you for participating in those sessions.

Many voices have continued the conversation since then, providing very specific, detailed ideas for launching and sustaining online worship, faith communities, and small groups, and starting other creative digital ministry solutions. Because of those developments, we’re taking a different approach this year, focusing on equipping people in your churches to be digital missionaries.

Throughout the pandemic, some churches have been able to cultivate new Christian communities amid the realities of quarantine and social distancing—in digital space. They have connected with so-called “nones and dones,” formed community with new people in new places, and shared their faith. Churches connected with these digital “fresh expressions” have experienced growth as a result.

Join us as we host Bishop Kenneth Carter, doctors Pete Phillips and Jonas Kurlberg of the Center for Digital Theology at Durham University, UK, and Rev. Dr. Michael Beck, practitioner, author, and apostolic leader, for a panel discussion and opening webinar on Thursday, October 21, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. CDT.

Follow-up sessions:

The Discipleship Journey
Thursday, October 28
5:00-6:00p CT

Church Planting for All
Thursday, November 4
5:00-6:00p CT

Organized Love
Thursday, November 11
5:00-6:00p CT

Every participant will receive a copy of Fresh Expressions in a Digital Age by Michael Beck and Rosario Picardo.

Please read “How to Order/How to Participate” before placing your order.

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Kenneth H. Carter, Jr., is serving in his tenth year as resident bishop of The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church.Bishop Carter served as the president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church from 2018-2020. He was also one of three moderators of The Commission on a Way Forward from 2016-2018. In addition to his responsibilities with The Florida Conference, he serves as the bishop the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church and as bishop-in-residence and a consulting faculty member at Duke University Divinity School.

Bishop Carter is author of eighteen books, most recently a memoir, “God Will Make a Way” (Abingdon, 2021). His great hope for the church is that she will rediscover an orthodox Christian faith which offers the radically inclusive grace of God to all people, and at the same time calls every follower of Jesus to inner holiness, missional compassion, justice rooted in the gospel, and hopeful witness.

Michael Beck is a pastor, professor, and author. He came to faith as a street kid, redeemed by Jesus from a life of incarceration and addiction. Michael and wife Jill are co-pastors of Wildwood and St Mark’s UMCs, as well as a network of thirteen fresh expressions gathering in tattoo parlors, dog parks, burrito joints, and digital spaces. Michael also serves as the Cultivator of Fresh Expressions Florida, Director of the Fresh Expressions House of Studies at United Seminary, and Director of ReMissioning for Fresh Expressions US. He is the author of six books on Fresh Expressions. Michael helps church leaders across the globe follow Jesus in new and exciting ways.

Jonas Kurlberg is a tutor in Theology at Spurgeon’s College where he also manages the MA in Digital Theology. Over the last few years, he has been researching the implication of digital technology for Christian faith and practice at the Centre for Digital Theology at Durham University. He also convenes the Global Network for Digital Theology.

Rev. Dr. Peter M. Phillips recently moved to Spurgeon’s College from Durham University where he was a Research Fellow and Director at the Centre for Digital Theology in the Department of Theology and Religion. Pete and his colleague Jonas Kurlberg have brought the Centre to Spurgeon’s College and both now teach Spurgeon’s MA in Digital Theology. Pete also works as Head of Digital Theology at Premier Christian Media.

The $50 per person registration charge includes the opening webinar, three follow-up sessions with the authors, and a copy of the book Fresh Expressions in a Digital Age by Michael Beck and Rosario Picardo. For team registrations, we will send all copies to the purchaser’s address, so you can distribute them to your team.

Each session is presented online via Zoom. When you make your purchase, please indicate the number of attendees you’re registering. For each attendee, we’ll ask for their name, email address and role in the church.

After purchase, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the list of your attendees. Each attendee will also receive a Zoom confirmation email with a unique web link they’ll use to join the webinar. Attendees will also receive reminder emails before each session.

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