🔥 1 big thing: Doubling down on Generation Z
What’s new: One of TryTank’s strategic priorities for this year has been figuring out how the church can best engage with members of Generation Z.
✝️ 2. Quick experiment uses SMS to deepen Holy Week
The big picture: With so much going on in the world and so much data coming to us at once, we wanted to use a way to interrupt us during Holy Week so that we can experience it deeper.
How it works: This Holy Week (from Palm Sunday, April 10, to Easter Sunday, April 17), subscribers will receive text messages in real-time so they can walk with Jesus during his final days.
🕹️ 3. [update] Metaverse experiment moving on to next phase
We asked the Rev. Sean Steele, the experiment manager for our metaverse church experiment, to update us on how things are going. Here’s his note:
The Web3 Abbey team recently completed their “beta” experiment in the metaverse.
The bottom line: If you are interested in learning more about the community or leadership team, please email them HERE.
🙏 4. [update] La Misa in English experiment starting
We asked Brother Luis Hernandez Rivas, the experiment manager for our La Misa in English experiment, to update us on how things are going. Here’s his note:
Big picture: La Misa in English is an exciting new experiment that aims to serve second and third-generation Latinos.
By the numbers: Currently we have 4 congregations enrolled (3 from the Diocese of San Diego and 1 from the Diocese of Missouri) with others in discernment.
🔊 5. [update] Evangelism experiment making friends
We asked Rev. Ken Kroohs, the experiment manager for our Easter Evangelism experiment, to update us on how things are going. Here’s his note:
So much excitement! The best part of this experiment has been the enthusiasm and excitement in people seeking to reach out to new people.
🌟 6. [update] Evangelism cohorts
Seeing the success we have had by having walking alongside congregations as they try evangelism experiments, TryTank partnered with The Episcopal Church to train more mentors to expand the effort.
😊 7. [update] Bigger churches can help smaller churches
What’s news: Our recent Prayer School experiment allowed folks from around the country to join a class from Grace Church in Oklahoma.
Why it matters: Many smaller congregations cannot regularly offer classes to their members to help them grow in faith.
What's next: How might we create a directory where larger congregations can add faith formation classes they are willing to offer to the wider church? Then smaller congregations could offer the classes to their members.
🎨 8. TryTank is looking for an illustrator!
For an upcoming experiment, TryTank is in need of an illustrator. Have you always wanted to see your doodles and cartoons published? This could be your chance!
🦙 9. One fun thing…the Order of the Llama
Recently, Fr. Lorenzo traveled across the pond to lead multiple workshops on innovation and to help church leaders invest in experimentation using the TryTank model.
Catch up quick: The trip included stops in Edinburgh, Scotland as well as Norwich and London, England.
Stay tuned for more on the Order of the Llama.