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Office of Christian Formation

 


The Office of Christian Formation supports formation ministries of congregations and connects leaders in faith communities with resources and practices that inspire fresh ways of thinking about the forming of faith over a person’s lifetime. We carry out the mission priorities of the Presbyterian Mission Agency as set forth by the General Assembly.

Our office is building up:

  • innovations in lifelong formation and intergenerational ministries through resources, staff and programmatic initiatives in our churches to include small and non-traditional churches
  • development and assessment of resources for essential Christian practices and leadership development for all sizes of congregations, camp and retreat centers, in the home and out in the community and the world
  • the work of our Christian Formation Collective partner associations by working collaboratively with them and providing resources as they do vital work in age and stage ministries

Faith Practices Toolkit

Introducing the NEW Faith Practices Toolkit. Whether you’re just joining the conversation on Christian practices or you’re a seasoned veteran, we hope you’ll find this resource stimulating and helpful for cultivating a renewed interest in formative rituals within your faith community.

Covid-19 Related Faith Formation Resources
Here is a compilation list of resources that could be helpful for you during the current COVID-19 situation and that may be helpful in developing sustainable remote faith formation for your community. In this list you will find resources to deal with the current crisis, studies for Christian education, blogs and ideas. We will update this list periodically.

Remote Faith Formation with Guidelines for Re-Entry
This UPDATED resource includes a pared-down list of online resources and has now been updated to include guidelines for re-entry to Education/Formation Programs

Beginning Conversations for Re-Entry
While some restrictions are being lifted in some places and for some people, the ongoing threat of the Covid-19 global pandemic will require that we return to church in a way that is measured and mindful of the needs of the most vulnerable among us. Here are some resources and things to consider as you prepare to meet with your leadership.

Quicksheets have also been produced in collaboration with our Christian Formation Collective partner associations. And you can find those resources by visiting our Partner Associations page.

Follow the Office of Christian Formation Facebook page where we post resources everyday.

Resources

Mental Health Matters Part II: Bridge Over Troubled Water

This resource looks at how can we be a bridge over troubled water when it comes to mental health concerns. Our faith tradition values our desire to care for others in need. This value gives us meaning and purpose when we reach out to people living with loneliness or mental health conditions. To do this… Read more »

Quicksheets Index

Index of Quicksheets – contains titles and links to the resource.

Introduction to Intergenerational Formation

“What are the most important things I need to know about intergenerational ministry in order to do it in my church?” This resource breaks down the answer into three categories: 1) broader concepts, 2) terms and clarifications, and 3) practical considerations.

Trauma Informed Ministry

Trauma informed pedagogy is not a packaged program or a step-by-step curriculum. Rather, it intentionally integrates the six principles of trauma-informed care into our educational ministries as we create and adapt in new environments
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