Scripture-based Christmas pageants allow children to embody the nativity story, assimilating and owning Scripture in ever deepening ways.
Christian formation leads people to develop practices to help them live a Gospel-centered life; life coaching offers tools to help.
Separate from the main church website, these churches made unique websites to focus on Christian formation and give tools for faith at home.
Writing 3-sentence stories offers a new perspective for Christian formation. All ages can participate, in Sunday schools, youth groups, or families.
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.
Do you love your current Christian formation curriculum? Considering other options? Follow these tips for evaluating current and potential curricula.
Well curated and trusted websites are critical tools for Christian formation professionals and volunteers. These are two of our favorites.
Church can expand adult formation and education options, use an online platform, and build community. ChurchNext is an affordable option that we recommend.
The e-Formation conference at VTS brought people from around the country to hone skills and expand thinking for ministry in a digital world.
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!
Churches are discovering the benefits of intergenerational faith formation. Large gatherings, small groups, or enhancing existing program all work for you.
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.
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.
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.
We celebrate Epiphany and witness the light of Christ revealed to the world. Here are some ideas for observing the season.
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.
"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.
Here is the question: Is Sunday school still valuable in building up the next generation of Christians? Or is it a tragic hindrance to the overall goals of the Christian community? The answer must take into account a full view of faith formation. But in short: Yes Sunday school is valuable. And yes, a traditional model of parish-based Christian education can still be effective is nurturing children and offering them knowledge, skills, and values to grow into adult followers of Jesus Christ.
When our Sunday School wing needed renovations, we moved formation to the hall, stage, the kitchen, and other spaces. The results were so exciting!
In order to meet this hunger for deeper liturgical catechesis within the time constraints of my parishioners’ over-programmed lives, I had to come up with a creative solution. The result of that creative process is what I call “The Liturgy Moment.” Every second Sunday of the month after each of our three services (8:00 am, 9:30 am and 5:00 pm), we have our “Liturgy Moment.” Immediately after the service, those folk who are interested gather at the front of the nave, and I share some information about a liturgical topic for about five to ten minutes at the most.