January 2023
What do you hope the Episcopal Church will look like in 2050?

How to See the Church of the Future Today

Ever wish you could see into the future? Curious about what the Episcopal Church will look like in a decade – or two or three? In this brief video, the Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija, Executive Director of TryTank Experimental Lab and Chief Innovation Officer at Virginia Theological Seminary, offers insights that can help us spot clues to the future that are present today. He explains drivers of change and signals of change and encourages us to be on the lookout for them. Seeing the future today can help us find positive ways to work creatively with the changes that are coming, to see new possibilities for growth and grounds for hope for the Episcopal Church in the world.

The Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija, is a known expert in the innovation field and the chief innovation officer of Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), as well as executive director of TryTank Experimental Lab, a joint project of VTS and the General Theological Seminary (GTS). He has a Master of Divinity degree from GTS and is currently completing the doctoral program at VTS.

Lorenzo was the Chief Development Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles prior to launching TryTank. Before entering seminary, he was president and CEO of Seraphic Fire & Firebird Chamber Orchestra, Miami's professional choral and orchestral ensemble, and also Miami Program Director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He is a certified Foresight Practitioner from the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California, and has a certificate in Design Thinking from IDEO, also in Palo Alto.


This article is part of the January 2023 Vestry Papers issue on What do you hope the Episcopal Church will look like in 2050?