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Posts Tagged ‘formation’

Building Faith Does Easter: 12 Helpful Posts

A wide variety of posts to help celebrate Easter Sunday and the whole season in church and at home, including crafts and teaching tools for all ages.

Christmas Pageants: The Joy of Children Immersed in Scripture

Scripture-based Christmas pageants allow children to embody the nativity story, assimilating and owning Scripture in ever deepening ways.

Upcoming Formation Events, Conferences, and Workshops

Are you looking for continuing education, training, or collegial gatherings? Check out the Building Faith events page to see a list of upcoming conferences, workshops, and other events related to Christian Formation.

Can Christianity be Coached? 3 Perspectives for Christian Educators

Christian formation leads people to develop practices to help them live a Gospel-centered life; life coaching offers tools to help.

3 Websites that Connect Church to Home

Separate from the main church website, these churches made unique websites to focus on Christian formation and give tools for faith at home.

3-Sentence Stories: Writing Short is Fun for All Ages

Writing 3-sentence stories offers a new perspective for Christian formation. All ages can participate, in Sunday schools, youth groups, or families.

Church Art Projects for Faith Formation

Art as formation offers opportunities to be creative, as a reflection of the Creator, as well as to integrate art into the worship of the whole community.

Evaluating Christian Education Curriculum

Do you love your current Christian formation curriculum? Considering other options? Follow these tips for evaluating current and potential curricula.

Two Websites to Bookmark: Worshipping With Children, and Healthy Church Resources

Well curated and trusted websites are critical tools for Christian formation professionals and volunteers. These are two of our favorites.

ChurchNext: A Powerful Tool for Adult Formation

Church can expand adult formation and education options, use an online platform, and build community. ChurchNext is an affordable option that we recommend.

Five Things We Learned at e-Formation

The e-Formation conference at VTS brought people from around the country to hone skills and expand thinking for ministry in a digital world.

The Joy of Singing with Children

In 2013 Brook Packard wrote a series of articles for Building Faith about singing with children. She shared wisdom from her many years of experience as an educator, musician, and Christian formation leader. These articles are rich with practical tips, overall advice, and ways to keep the joy of singing alive. If you or anyone you know works with children, these articles must reads!

Three Models for Intergenerational Faith Formation

Churches are discovering the benefits of intergenerational faith formation. Large gatherings, small groups, or enhancing existing program all work for you.

How to Talk with Teens about Sin

How do teens and youth understand sin, and how can adults discuss this topic in a faithful way? Lisa Brown offers practical ideas and great analogies.

Questions to Get Intergenerational Groups Talking

You’ve gathered an intergenerational group for formation or a meal. Now how to break the ice and get them talking? Questions that all ages can answer.

Home Practices: Our Picks for Building Faithful Households

A new resource from Building Faith offers home practices that are do-able, adaptable, fun, and meaningful. Designed for households of all types and sizes.

Do What Matters Workshops – A Training Opportunity for Faith Formation Leaders

Do What Matters! is a two-day training experience for congregational leaders, offered at 25 sites around the county in 2015. This interactive training experience seeks to help leaders imagine and implement effective faith formation practices for today and for future generations.

A Resolve to Practice Faith at Home

Even if we sometimes feel unsure about adapting or creating family prayers, rituals, and other practices (and I don’t mind admitting that I do), it’s nice to have this concrete reminder that the way we live our everyday lives matters not just to God but to the corporate lives of even our smallest faith communities.

Celebrating Epiphany at Church: 5 Fresh Ideas

We celebrate Epiphany and witness the light of Christ revealed to the world. Here are some ideas for observing the season.

A Church Reinvents Adult Education with a Bible and a Blog

I wanted to share something my parish is doing that is breathing a lot of life into our adult formation. It is easy to do, and the congregation is loving it. Also, in terms of planning, I am not having to create new and topics every week. It is based in Bible reading, but has some advantages over the Bible in a Year challenge.