Adult Faith Formation – Ministry Resources
Workshop: How To Form Faithful Adults
The OEEC will be offering a workshop for those who work with adults in their ministry that focuses on forming adults based on their needs, strategy for adult engagement, and a modern model of adult faith formation.
This workshop will take place on Saturday, October 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Saint John Bosco (Saint Mary campus) in Branford. Lunch will be provided. Click here to register.
Cost for this workshop will be $15, payable by credit card. Those who wish to pay by check should contact the OEEC at: 860-242-5573.
This Adult Faith Formation workshop guides leaders in developing a plan that can engage every adult around their interests, concerns, questions, and spiritual and faith journeys; in designing new programming for young adults, midlife adults, mature adults, and/or older adults; and in utilizing digital media and methods to facilitate faith growth. In the 21st century the abundance of high quality digital media and resource for adults, and the new online and digital tools and technologies makes it possible to provide faith formation for every adult.
Topics will include:
- 21st Century Vision and Practice of Adult Faith Formation
- The Life Tasks and Spiritual-Religious Needs of Adulthood: Young Adults, Midlife Adults, Mature Adults, and Older Adults
- 21st Century Approaches and Strategies for Engaging Every Adult—in Daily Life, at Home, in the Parish, in the Community
- Designing New Initiatives and Projects
Our presenter and facilitator for the day will be John Roberto, President of LifelongFaith Associates.
John Roberto is on the leadership team of Vibrant Faith where he serves as the coordinator of training services and project coordinator of the Vibrant Faith Institute. He works as a consultant to churches and national organizations, teaches courses and conducts workshops in faith formation, and has authored books and program manuals in faith formation. His latest publications include Families at the Center of Faith Formation (2016), Seasons of Adult Faith Formation (2015), Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century (2015), Generations Together (2014), and Faith Formation 2020 (2010). He is the founder of LifelongFaith Associates (2006) and the Center for Ministry Development (1978). He was the creator and project coordinator of the Generations of Faith Project, a five-year Lilly Endowment funded project (2001-2006) to develop intergenerational faith formation in Catholic parishes across the United States. John has a master’s degree in religious education from Fordham University and graduate studies in sociology. John has been involved in ministry and faith formation since 1969.
GEMS: Great Endeavors Mined and Shared is a monthly newsletter of best practices for adult faith formation. You can sign up to receive the GEMS monthly newsletter direct to your email, as well as access the archived newsletters, by visiting Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP’s website.
The National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) has a number of excellent blogs on matters of adult faith formation. They include:
Online Learning Opportunities
April 8-May 12, 2018: Our Hearts Were Burning
This three week seminar from VLCFF at the University of Dayton gives leaders in adult faith formation the opportunity to read selected key passages from the plan, to reflect on our bishops' words in light of actual experience, and to share experiences of working with adults in faith formative settings.
Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) at the University of Dayton offers a Certificate in Adult Formation Leadership
This certificate program is designed for adults in parish or diocesan ministry wishing to design, implement and facilitate adult learning and faith formation for all adults as Adult Faith Formation leaders/coordinators/catechists/facilitators in parishes or dioceses.
Ave Maria Press runs a number of excellent webinars on a variety of catechetical matters, and they are archived as far back as 2013, still accessible for viewing. Some excellent adult faith formation options include:
As you become aware of other resources and opportunities for adult faith formation, please do share them with the OEEC, by contacting:
Nicole M. Perone
Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation