Summary of HistoryIn June of 2012, the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary began its digital mission. We didn’t know exactly where the mission would take us, but we knew our teaching and learning resource center needed to bring its traditional mission of curating materials and conducting trainings into the digital space. And we knew we had to join with others to better understand how “all things digital” were changing faith formation and the other ministries we sought to support.
Almost before we knew it, our e-Formation Learning Community was bringing together hundreds of educators, communicators, and other church leaders to share big-picture experience and hands-on training.At the center of these gatherings were two related core convictions:
- Digital and hybrid spaces are emerging contexts for legitimate, responsive, personal, and impactful ministry.
- Fluency in new media tools and cultures is an essential (and non-trivial) component of ongoing religious leadership formation in the twenty-first century.