Fresh Expressions in a Digital Age

Fresh Expressions in a Digital Age

Fresh Expressions in a Digital Age explores the new missional frontier described as a “Digital Age” and the challenges and opportunities it presents. We will examine a theological framework for ministering in the digital age and practical application to help churches take their next steps toward faithful and fruitful ministry in a rapidly changing world.

This workshop is being held twice to provide more scheduling options for attendees.
Attendees only need to attend one session. 

10:00 - 11:30 AM EST

6:30 - 8:00 PM EST  


MBeckMichael Beck is Director of the Fresh Expressions House of Studies and adjunct professor at United Theological Seminary, Director of Re-Missioning for Fresh Expressions US, and Cultivator of Fresh Expressions for the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Michael serves as co-pastor of Wildwood and St Marks UMC with his wife Jill, where they direct addiction recovery programs, an interracial unity movement, house an inpatient Christian recovery center, and a network of fifteen fresh expressions that gather in tattoo parlors, dog parks, salons, running tracks, community centers, burrito joints, and Zoom rooms. Michael earned a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Semiotics and Future Studies at Portland Seminary with his mentor Dr. Leonard Sweet. He is the author of the Deep Roots, Wild Branches series; A Field Guide to Methodist Fresh Expressions; and coauthor of Contextual Intelligence with Len Sweet; The 21st Century Christian with Michael Moynagh; and Fresh Expressions in a Digital Age with Rosario Picardo. Jill and Michael currently live in Wildwood. They have a blended family of eight children, four grandchildren, and two pugs.

RPicardoRosario (Roz) Picardo grew up in western New York as a first-generation Sicilian-American. In 2003, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Houghton College and in 2007 a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. He graduated with a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in 2014.

During his senior year of college, Roz entered the ministry as a military chaplain, serving four years in the Marine Reserves and five years in the Navy Reserves. While attending seminary, he recognized a call to serve the local church and has experience in all facets of church life, through roles ranging from church custodian to associate pastor to church planter and executive pastor of church planting at Ginghamsburg Church for five where they had three campuses and worshipped over 4,000. Also, Roz was one of the founding pastors at Mosaic, a new multicultural church in Dayton, Ohio.

In addition to his work in the church Roz leads a consulting group for church planters/pastors called Picardo Coaching LLC and is the author of 7 books. More recently, Roz works bi-vocational at United Theological Seminary. He serves as Director of the Seminary's Pohly Center for Supervision and Leadership Formation, a faculty consultant in United's Doctor of Ministry program and an affiliate faculty member, and Director of External Partnerships.