Notes: Forming Disciples in the Digital Age

Last Thursday I had the joy of gathering with over 100 faith formation leaders and diocesan staff in the Diocese of Joliet. My presentation focused on the characteristics of the emerging digital culture and the promise and challenges it holds for the work of the Church in the 21st century.

The participants asked great questions and shared their own stories and ideas for how the Church can be both hyperlinked and human!



Gigs, Geeks and God

Today I am giving the keynote address at the Archdicoese of Milwaukee’s Gigs, Geeks and God conference. The topic of my keynote — “The New Evangelization in a Digital Culture” — explores how the Church can adapt to the emerging internet culture and rethink parish life in light of it.

A video of the presentation will be added here early next week.



The notes for this talk are available in PDF format.

Recommended Resources

The Cluetrain Manifesto by Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger

“New Clues” for 2015 by Doc Searls and David Weinberger

The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet edited by Brandon Vogt

Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet by Sherry Turkel

Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith by Shane Hipps

Gutenberg the Geek by Jeff Jarvis

Notes – Catholic Schools: Centers of the New Evangelization

Today I’m at the National Catholic Educational Association’s Convention and Expo in Pittsburgh giving a presentation entitled “Catholic Schools: Centers of the New Evangelization.” Below are my notes and materials from the presentation as well as links to additional resources. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter where I’ll be posting notes, thoughts, and pictures from the conference!




Notes and Resources – Evangelizing and Catechizing Digital Natives

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Today I led a workshop for the Catechetical Leadership Association for the Diocese of Des Moines (CLADD). These parish catechetical leaders and I explored how to engage the “net generation” in their faith through the tools of the new media. Below are my slides and notes for the event as well as additional resources and recommendations for further reading.

Thanks again to John Gaffney of the Diocese of Des Moines for the invitation and to the great catechetical leaders I met today — thank you for your participation and for making me feel welcome among you!



My notes from today’s presentation are available as a PDF file.

Web Resources




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“The New Evangelization and the Year of Faith” Notes and Resources

Earlier today I gave a presentation entitled “The New Evangelization and the Year of Faith” at the National Catholic Education Association’s CACE annual meeting in San Diego. What follows is the PowerPoint and notes for the session as well as the resources I recommended to those present.

Thanks to everyone who attended my session and may God bless you in the work of the New Evangelization!

Notes –  “The New Evangelization and the Year of Faith” (October 22, 2012)

Outline/Notes (PDF)

Church Documents



#NCCL2012 Round-Up and Presentation Materials

Last week I spoke at the 76th annual National Conference for Catechetical Leadership convention and expo in San Diego, California. I had a great time catching up with friends and colleagues, attending the morning session of the National Association of Catechetical Media Professionals with Elizabeth Drescher, listening to great presenters, and having a great time hanging out at the Catholic Tweetup!

Following are some of the materials from my presentations at the convention.  It was a  privilege to be asked to address the conference. If you were there I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments!

Embrace New Methods

This is the audio and slides from my Tuesday morning TED-style keynote address. I apologize for the poor audio quality; the session was taped and I’ll post the video here as soon as it is available. You can also download the slides from my presentation.

Click to play or download:  NCCL2012 – JonathanFSullivan – Embrace New Methods

Resistance is Futile: The Catechetical Benefits of Being Assimilated by the Digital Culture

My Tuesday afternoon breakout session picked up from my keynote. This session is more conversational in style — thanks to everyone who participated!

The video I showed at the start of the session can be viewed on YouTube.

Click to play or download: NCCL2012 – JonathanFSullivan – Resistence is Futile

Conference Tweets

I tried to live-Tweet as much of the conference as I could. You can download a PDF of all my conference Tweets in case you’re looking for a specific quote or resource I sent out.

Diocese of Green Bay Adult Faith Formation & Catechetical Leadership Day

Attention cheeseheads! Tim Welch of the Diocese of St. Cloud and I will be co-presenters at this year’s Adult Faith Formation & Catechetical Leadership Day at the Rock Garden Conference Center on April 26:

As catechists, we have been called to tell the Story of God’s Reign, and to tell it well. As ministers we have been called to empower our learners to tell their stories as growing disciples. Join us as we explore why and how to use technology in faith formation. Together with Tim Welch, we will explore 28,217 years of media and technology tools, from oral traditions to mobile apps, bringing us to the tools of today ¦and perhaps beyond!

Jonathan Sullivan will help take some of the mystery and apprehension out of online tools by demonstrating how to integrate social media into a parish’s adult faith formation efforts, beginning with a “live” demonstration of how to set up a parish Facebook page for one lucky participant! He will also explain just what Twitter is good for, what every parish web site should have on the front page (but very few do), and the value of a “human voice” in online interactions. Jonathan’s presentation encourages interaction and “try-as-you-go” methods, so bring your laptop or other mobile device.

If you’re in the area I’d love to see you there! Registration is only $25. A printable flyer with more information is also available.

#NCCL2011 – Tech 101 Notes

Today at the NCCL 2011 conference I participated in a learning session on using social media to promote parish programs. My portion of the session focused on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn and how they are similar and different.

For those that  participated  in the learning session, here is a list of resources (some of which I mentioned in the presentation) with more information on how these services can be used to enhance your ministry:




General Social Media Tips