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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 Office of 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. Please click the link below and see all of the components that are available for download. We recommend you start with the introduction document to understand how to use the toolkit.

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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 over the coming weeks.

Remote Faith for the Long Haul
This original resource includes many links for COVID-19 specific resources, online church and online activities for all ages.

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.

Faith Practices Toolkit Sampler
The Office of Christian Formation engaged a group of writers to create a toolkit for faith practices that will be released in summer 2020. The completed toolkit will provide scriptural and theological grounding for each practice, as well as ways to engage for all ages. Here is a sampling from that toolkit to provide ideas of engaging in practices during these times.

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.

Resources

Sabbath Practices Ministry Kit for Youth

The Sabbath Practices Ministry Kit for Youth looks at how to engage each of the essential practices (Hospitality, Prayer, Service, Storytelling and Retreat) with the youth in your life. Each practice section includes things to consider and ways to engage. A list of suggested resources is included as well.

Intergenerational Sabbath Practices Ministry Kit

The Intergenerational Sabbath Practices Ministry Kit looks at how to engage each of the essential practices (Hospitality, Prayer, Service, Storytelling and Retreat) at intergenerational gatherings. Use this ministry kit as you teach and guide your faith community into becoming an intergenerational community of faith. Each practice section includes things to consider and ways to engage…. Read more »

Sabbath Practices Ministry Kit for Households

The Sabbath Practices Ministry Kit for Households looks at how to engage each of the essential practices (Hospitality, Prayer, Service, Storytelling and Retreat) in a household setting. Use this ministry kit as you teach and equip the households in your faith community. Each practice section includes things to consider and ways to engage. A list… Read more »

Essential Practices – Prayer

The Essential Practices Toolkit for Prayer introduces prayer as a Sabbath practice and explains why it matters. It also looks at prayer in scripture, offers ways to participate and includes a resource list.
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