Being a hybrid congregation requires that leaders are adaptive and agile so they can respond to changing needs for ministry and embrace new opportunities for mission and ministry. Hybrid Church Academy is an 8-session interactive training for leadership teams who want to live faithfully and creatively into our changing world.  Over the course of this training, Dave Daubert and Richard Jorgensen will invite people to move beyond their book “Becoming a Hybrid Church” as they invite leadership teams to explore different aspects of their ministry in a post-pandemic world. There are many choices which we all may have ahead of us, and Hybrid Church Academy offers an opportunity to learn from one another, support each other and find ways to do faithful ministry together. Each Event will be hosted online using Zoom from 9 am until 11 am. Dave Daubert and Richard Jorgensen will also be available between sessions to provide assistance and encouragement as needed.

This is an interactive and hands on training, so it is advised that leadership teams should have at least four members who are committed to attending each session. 

The cost for Hybrid Church Academy will be $300 per leadership team.

For a full description of each date’s topic, click the detailed schedule below!

October 2, 2021: Introduction- Asking the Right Questions

November 13, 2021: Where next for you? Technology Choices

December 11, 2021: Social Media and Hybrid Evangelism

January 29, 2022: Hybrid Discipleship

February 26, 2022: Another Hybrid Easter? Creative Worship

March 26, 2022: Hybrid Stewardship of Everything (Including the Building)

April 30, 2022: Building Relationships in a Hybrid World

June 11, 2022: A Hybrid Future (Shared Learnings)

October 2, 2021: Introduction- Asking the Right Questions

Living faithfully as a Hybrid Church requires that we are both faithful and adaptive to the changing needs for ministry.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is always at the heart of our ministry.  We also need to be nimble and responsive to the changing world around us. Asking the right questions at the right time can make all the difference. In this first session we will review the basics for Adaptive Leadership and also encourage leadership teams to name their challenges and ask the right questions at the right time as they continue to learn and serve together.

November 13, 2021: Where next for you? Technology Choices

Different congregations will have different needs as we live into this season.  Leadership teams will be encouraged to name their own particular adaptive challenges and to develop their own unique strategy for moving forward. We will also explore how we can use technology to be more effective not just in worship, but in all aspects of our hybrid ministries. (And one piece of good news: The right technology is often far more affordable than we may realize!)

December 11, 2021: Social Media and Hybrid Evangelism

When it is used effectively Social Media can be a powerful tool for evangelism – both in its own right and also as a vehicle to equip and mobilize people to share their faith. Leadership teams will be offered strategies for developing Social Media platforms which are highly interactive and also reflect on how to equip congregational participants to use their social networks to reach out to invite others to hear the Gospel and be part of our shared ministry for the sake of the world.

January 29, 2022: Hybrid Discipleship

Faith formation is all about having our lives shaped and transformed by our faith in Jesus Christ.  This training will offer suggestions for ways in which congregations can live into their call and commission to make disciples.  We will look at strategies for effective hybrid learning which engages people whether they gather onsite or online. (Leadership teams may want to include some of their teachers or small group leaders in this training.)

February 26, 2022: Another Hybrid Easter? Creative Worship

Easter 2022 will be the third pandemic-impacted Easter and what that means as we write this is still a bit fuzzy. Things are still changing! But in many settings, it will be a chance to put significant time and energy into thinking ahead and doing both online and on-the-ground well and with real intentionality. We will look at how technology impacts liturgy and engagement and then reflect together on how to make Easter a chance to share the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection in new ways with multiple audiences.

March 26, 2022: Hybrid Stewardship of Everything (Including the Building)

Technology makes all sorts of options available to us in new ways. Most transactions in our daily lives happen electronically with little cash and few paper checks in use anymore. Electronic tools for planning, scheduling and carrying out our choices are all around us. How can the church more fully enter this world and adjust to how we already function in many of the other areas of our lives? How can technology help us see and use the time and talents of people more effectively as they continue the ministry of Jesus? And how is the building in a hybrid age less a destination and more a tool for ministry than ever before?

April 30, 2022: Building Relationships in a Hybrid World

Ultimately, the Christian faith is about a Trinitarian and relational God entering into creation in the person of Jesus to enhance and restore our relationships with God and with each other. Good ministry always connects what God is up to and the relationships it involves as intentionally as possible. So how do the realities of a hybrid church change how we relate to each other and to the neighbors God has given us? How can we use technology to widen our circle of relationships? When is it best to use “old fashioned” basics like face-to-face conversation, a phone call or writing a note? We have more options to do a good job building relationships than ever before.

June 11, 2022: A Hybrid Future (Shared Learnings)

This will have been a journey of shared learning. Much of what we share together near the end of this learning journey may not have been on the minds of any of us when we started! So, the last session will be a chance to ask questions, share insights and stories, and be sure that as a community of learners in a hybrid world, we all have the chance to teach each other what we have learned, and learn from each other what others have learned. This is the last session in this series but not the end of the learning!