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Does your Church Have Benchmarks for Christian Education?

Christian education benchmarks provide consistent reference points against which formation activities can be measured, encouraging teaching and learning in the congregation.

Faith Formation Explained in 66 Words

“Faith is formed by the power of the Holy Spirit through personal, trusted relationships – often in our own homes.” 5 statements summing up Faith Formation.

The Board Game of the Christian Life

These two aspects of our life create fertile ground for creative Christian formation. For Lisa Kimball and Patricia Lyons, this took the shape of an Epic Game during their keynote addresses at the 2014 Forma Tapestry Conference.

We’ve linked directions for the game below. We invite you to explore it, tinker with it, create new conversations and possibilities for ministry with it.

Easter Symbols – What do Bunnies, Eggs, and Bonnets have to do with Jesus?

Our Christian faith is rich in symbolism, both ancient and modern. Easter, after our period of study and repentance, offers us every opportunity to share the Love of God in Jesus Christ and to share our joy that He is risen indeed!

*Chocolate bunnies, meanwhile, don’t have much to teach us about Christianity. They are good to eat, and always the first to go from my Easter basket, starting with the ears!

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: A Recipe for Confirmation

Home baked bread has been part of my life ever since I can remember. On Sundays my mother would take out the Joy of Cooking, turn to page 603, and begin gathering the ingredients. By evening our family was gathered around the kitchen table for warm bread topped with melting butter. I use that same […]

Rejoice! Building Faith Continues

For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace. The mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. -Isaiah 55:12     Greetings and blessings to you, whether you are a long time reader or new to this site.  […]

A Message from Building Faith

I will continue to travel extensively throughout the Church as an acquiring editor and I encourage you to be in touch with me with your ideas and thoughts about how CPI may best serve you in your ministries. I will continue to participate in Christian formation networks and events.

Three-Sentence Stories Build Faith and Community

So often we miss out on hearing wonderful stories from each other, simply because we lack the avenues to share them. Sometimes when we do ask people to share their stories, their language is too vague, or they take too long to tell the story, and its power is diminished.

Holy Laughter

As soon as the abundant clear water was slowly poured from a large glass pitcher into the font, and the priest with both hands touching the water blessed it, and breathed the breathe of New Life into it; Oliver began to lean toward the font and carefully followed the invitation to put his head closer to the water.

Tourist, Missionary, or Pilgrim?

Preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end. Amen.

8 Activities for All Saints’ Day

On November 1st the church remembers the saints of God – all faithful servants and believers. The day is seen as a communion of saints who have died and of all Christian persons. All Hallows’ Eve, October 31st (from which our Halloween traditions come); All Saints’ Day; and All Souls’ Day (November 2nd – the Day of the Faithful Departed), are connected by tradition and are often celebrated together.

Youth, Doubt, and Grace

She’d stopped going up for communion the last few weeks. I knew she was experiencing serious doubts about the existence of God and the relevance of the church and it’s liturgy. So her question, and the answer I needed to give her, carried a lot of weight.

Worship, Learning, and Technology

“Today, churches and religions are challenged to find the appropriate metaphors to maximize the new opportunities that media presents and come to terms with a fundamental shift in reading practices that digitality has brought about,” said Daniel Ramirez, an assistant professor of North American religious history at the University of Michigan.

A Faith That Asks Questions

Does going to church or temple or mosque really accomplish anything? Does reading and reflecting on sacred writings have any actual power to inspire people of faith to be agents for peace, love and healing in our world?

The Spiritual Guidance of Children

Two questions need to be asked about every expenditure and program in the church: How will this action impact the spiritual guidance of children? How can children be involved in an appropriate way? Both questions are about children, but they also involve adults. They open up opportunities for adults to mature in their own spirituality by working with children and thinking more carefully about their place in the community.

When to Start Christian Formation

Whether your congregation has one child or a thousand it need not be a difficult decision to start before “the labor day” of the next child to be born into your community of faith. Yes, Christian Formation begins before birth.

Passing on the Faith – Religion Runs in the Family

After all, a child’s lack of religion is often no less an example of intentional religious formation on the part of parents.

Spiritual Practices

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. – Acts 2:42

Promoting Discipleship: A Vow to Be Clear

As religious educators, we often bemoan the lack of commitment made to faith practices among those we wish were more faithful. But how often do we make clear exactly what we believe is critical for parents to do in order to raise children in the Christian faith?

Moment to Moment: All “For Jesus”

We may not be able to describe scientifically what happens to children who attend church Sunday after Sunday, but I believe something deeply and profoundly formational happens.