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Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

Virginia Theological Seminary has shifted to online/hybrid formats for the upcoming semester to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the members of the VTS community and our neighbors beyond. Lifelong Learning is also offering continuous resources for clergy and lay leaders as worship and formation move online in the coming weeks. Download our Fall 2020 Calendar.

Online Classes, Workshops, and Webinars: our Lifelong Learning department is now providing a robust selection of online offerings. Check out the Seminary's Eventbrite page for more information and to register!

Hope Incarnate: Planning Worship for Advent and Christmas:
A webinar on 9/16/20 exploring Advent and Christmas worship and music. - resources and recording

Triduum under Quarantine:
March 2020 webinar with the Rev. James Farwell, Ph.D. and Lisa Kimball, Ph.D. - recordings and resources

Sundays, Major Feasts, & Life Passages Under Quarantine
: April 2020 webinar with the Rev. James Farwell, Ph.D. and Lisa Kimball, Ph.D. - recordings and resources can be found here.

Mind the Gaps: Churches and Schools in the Midst of Pandemic Realities:  A one hour webinar on 9/1/20 exploring the policies and practicalities of ministering into the crisis of pandemic schooling. - view here.

Resources for Ministry Online Community, a practical hub for faith leaders experimenting with digital ministries, focused on providing timely, trusted guidance and effective tools. Updated almost every day. 

Digital Ministry Open Office Hours: Fridays 12-1pm eastern. To join a group of peers and reflect on how to handle the complexities of church in this time, register here.

Weekly Online Christian Formation Office Hours, Thursdays 1-2:30pm eastern. This time is set aside for those who have particular questions around formation. Register for any/all sessions here.  

Ministry With Older Adults: VTS colleague, Dorothy Spleth Linthicum creates videos to address the loneliness that many older church members feel during this time, find many resources on the YouTube playlist.

Zoom Meeting Best Practices:
 March 2020 webinar resources and recording.  

Building Faith, our vast online resource for Christian educators has two posts addressing healthy practices and how to reduce anxiety in children

TryTank e-newsletter: 3 TryTank Tips for COVID-19 (includes 3-minute video on how to use Facebook Live to stream worship)

Even more! Make sure to follow our Lifelong Learning and eFormation Facebook pages to get timely and applicable resources for our faith communities.

Ministry for a Changing Church

Lifelong Learning provides continuous opportunities for theological education in the service of faithful leadership. It is for the committed and the curious, lay and clergy eager to claim and explore their Christian vocations in today’s world. Lifelong Learning at VTS is a multi-faceted program grounded in theology and research-based practices to provide transformational learning for courageous leadership in a changing church.

The mission of Lifelong Learning is to
  • Claim and proclaim the love of God in Christ
  • View all people as continuous learners – life-long, life-wide, and life-deep
  • Offer innovative approaches, informed by deep listening, to current ministry challenges
  • Convene conversations, Curate and Create resources, Collaborate with partners, and Cultivate learning communities
  • Meet continuing education needs of lay and clergy leaders and curious individuals
  • Increase access to and utilization of ministry resources, particularly among traditionally underserved populations
Christian Formation and Discipleship 
Teaching the faith to all ages
Music, Liturgy, and the Arts 
Cultivating the imagination
Digital Resources and Practice 
Building community and digital literacy 
Continuing Education 
Enriching faith and inspiring leadership
Action Research 
Digging deep to inform a changing church
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