Saturday, February 08, 2014

Adult Learning Opportunity starting March 8: CONGREGATIONS: Where Old & New Communications Strategies Merge

LTSP Adult Learning - Congregational Communications

CONGREGATIONS: Where Old and New
Communications Strategies Merge

Social and "Old" Media for the 21st Century

with instructor the Rev. Dr. Richard Stewart, Retired LTSP Associate Professor; Interim Pastor, Christ Lutheran Church, Upper Darby
Five consecutive Saturdays, March 8 to April 12,
live on the LTSP campus from 10 am to noon
and flexible* online - the choice is yours!

Newletters, bulletins, bulletin boards, radio, newspapers, email, web sites, blogs, video, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Vimeo, RSS Feed, MySpace, etc. Welcome to communicating and connecting in the 21st Century!

On five successive Saturday mornings, we will explore how congregations can connect and communicate with the multiple generations that are being encountered in congregational life.

In some 20 odd years of teaching during the growth of the use of computers, Pr. Stewart has found that the adaptability of people in the pews varies not necessarily according to age but according to interest in – or ability to ignore – methods used by congregations to communicate. This course is valuable to all leaders in congregational life who are responsible to communicate, those who must “Speak” on multiple levels in order to reach all of the Children of God.

Before his retirement, Pr. Stewart was Associate Professor of Communications and Parish Administration at LTSP. His doctoral dissertation, "A History of the Use of Technology in Education at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia," was a study of the use of technology in the theological education setting. You can join Dr. Stewart in one of two ways:
  • Live on the LTSP Campus over five consecutive Saturdays, March 8 to April 12, 2014, from 10 am to noon. Join Dr. Stewart live in the classroom to learn and share with class colleagues.
  • Online for five weeks beginning March 3. View course videos, participate in discussions forums with class colleagues, and other activities.
  • *Flexible means you can attend in whatever way works best for you. You can choose each week - in the classroom, online, a combination of both - for a single registration!
At the end of the successfully completed series, each participant will receive a certificate of completion or one CEU if requested.

Videos will also be available separately for congregations that wish to use them for their own study programs.

The cost for the course is $200 for individuals enrolling for flexible classroom or online study - a single registration covers both. The cost for congregational groups of two or more will be $275 per group.

Register online here.

For more information, contact Kathleen A. Afflerbach, Coordinator, 215.248.6324 or

Presented in partnership with Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA).

What attendees have said about their adult learning experience at LTSP:

  • "Please grow this type of learning opportunity!"
  • "We all need to know more as we grow in faith."
  • "It's great to be able to review the class online if you cannot attend. It also acts as a great review."
  • "It was good to know that if I couldn't attend the class I coulod do the work [online]. Several people took advantage of online because of scheduling conflicts."

More learning opportunities are available - check out the options on our Take a Course at LTSP page.

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