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Christian Formation News

 

Welcome to the Office of Christian Formation (Presbyterian Mission Agency, PCUSA) quarterly resources and highlights. This includes formation resources for all ages, intergenerational ministries, the Matthew 25 focus areas, upcoming events, and more!

Pass along to leaders that could benefit from this compilation of ministry tools.

 

Faith Formation Leader Connection Resource Zoom

May 9 at 1 pm Eastern or May 21 at 8 pm Eastern
What’s New? A resourcing Zoom with time to share what’s new, what’s in season, and ask what you are looking for. One registration link with two times to choose from, a daytime or evening meeting. Register Here.

 

Community Circle: Around the Table

May 22 at 1 pm Eastern
Around the Table test cohorts and grandparent cohorts are launching soon! Join this community circle to hear about cohorts, new resources and our updated timeline. Register here.


Expressions of Older Adult Ministry

New Training and Resource Module, this is a place for you to engage as a leader and learner in Christian community. You are invited to explore the Guiding Principles of Older Adult Ministry, an Older Adult Reformed theological framework, some best practices, as well as specific expressions of Older Adult Ministry which may be adapted for your setting. You will find videos, reflection questions, quicksheets, and resource lists. A project in partnership with POAMN Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network.

College and Young Adult Sunday Resources (August 4, 2024)

This page created in partnership with UKirk Collegiate Ministries has resources to help you plan to celebrate young adults in your context.  Several worship liturgies, commissioning services, and ways to support young adults can be found here.


Calling All Coaches!

The Around the Table cohorts will engage and equip church leaders as they accompany households of parents, caregivers, and grandparents to confidently nourish faith at home with children and youth.

We are looking to hire coaches with at least 60 hours of training in the International Coaching Federation standards to guide a cohort through a 12-18 month process of learning and sharing. The deadline to apply is May 10, 2024. If you or someone you know may be interested, please read this Coach informational sheet and then click here to apply.

Community Circle: Around the Table

May 22 at 1 pm Eastern
Around the Table test cohorts and grandparent cohorts are launching soon! Join this community circle to hear about cohorts, new resources and our updated timeline. Register here.

Around the Table Resource Page

Keep your eye on this webpage as new resources are developed for the Around the Table initiative. You can find at-home guides for two new Flyaway children’s books, resource lists, and a new podcast to help parents think about how to share stories and have faith conversations with their children.


POAMN Conference

May 29-30, 2024 in San Diego, CA. The Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network presents the theme “New Face of Aging: Transformative Approaches to Older Adult Ministry.” More information here.

Expressions of Older Adult Ministry

Created in partnership with POAMN Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network is a place for you to engage as a leader of older adult ministry. Includes the following modules: Guiding Principles of Older Adult Ministry, Older Adult Reformed Theological Framework, Ministry in a Variety of Contexts, and Explore More. A wealth of resources awaits you here.

POAMN Planning Guide

2024 program ideas, articles, and resources for Older Adult Ministry created by the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network.

New Opening Doors to Discipleship Module

Created in partnership with APCE Association of Partners in Christian Education Opening Doors to Discipleship odtd.net is a wealth of leadership training resources! Take a look at the new Liberation Theology and Queer Theology modules.

UKirk National Gathering

June 11-14, 2024 at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, Little Rock AR, The theme for this UKirk Collegiate Ministries conference for those who lead a college ministry is “Good God, Y’all!” with keynote speaker Rev. Burce Reyes-Chow. More information here.


Presbyterian Publishing Updates

 

Read*Pray*Wonder*Play

The new at-home guides for Flyaway children’s books are being created as part of the Around the Table initiative in partnership with Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. Guides are available in English and Spanish to download for free. The two newest guides are for “Saving Delicia” and “The Dress in the Window.” The storybooks may be purchased at the PC(USA) store by clicking on the button below.


Travel Study Seminars

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program sponsors travel study seminars to different parts of the world to provide Presbyterians with the opportunity to learn firsthand from our partners about efforts for peace, justice and reconciliation in contexts of conflict, injustice and oppression. More information here.

Affordable Housing – Presbyterian Hunger Program Resource

With diminishing affordable housing options across much of the U.S., many congregations are considering ways to affect change by utilizing untapped resources such as land. The following are a few examples of congregations and communities of faith thinking creatively about land use and building a more just community for all.


PC(USA) Featured Updates

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Volunteers Needed! Presbyterian Disaster Assistance currently has 11 volunteer hot sites and 3 referral sites and all of them are in need of volunteers! Learn more about each site and read the new work trip planning guide to answer frequently asked questions.

Young Adult Advocacy Guide

This curriculum is meant to introduce participants – whether in a group or individually – to the topic of advocacy. Young people will spend some time thinking about what advocacy means, how it can take shape in their own lives, how it fits into a life of faith and ways in which they can get involved in advocacy in the world around them. 


Older Adult Week – May 5-11, 2024

Resources to help you plan here.

Community Circle: Small Church – May 8, 2024

May 8 at 1 pm Eastern
For faith formation leaders in small churches (less than 100 members). Additional dates in August, October, and November, register once to attend all. Register Here.

Faith Formation Leader Connection Resource Zoom – May 9, 2024

May 9 at 1 pm Eastern OR May 21 at 8 pm Eastern
A time to share what’s new, what’s in season, and ask what you are looking for. One registration link with two times to choose from, a daytime or evening meeting. Register Here.

Community Circle: Around the Table – May 22, 2024

May 22 at 1pm Eastern
Around the Table test cohorts and grandparent cohorts are launching soon! Join this community circle to hear about cohorts, new resources and our updated timeline. Register here.

POAMN Conference – May 29-30, 2024

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network presents “The New Face of Aging: Transformative Approaches to Older Adult Ministry”. In San Deigo CA. More information here.

UKirk Collegiate Ministries National Gathering – June 11-14, 2024

At Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center Little Rock AR. “Good God, Y’all!” with keynote speaker Rev. Burce Reyes-Chow. More information here.

The 226th General Assembly – June 25 – July 4, 2024

In Salt Lake City, UT “Live into Hope”.

College and Young Adult Sunday – August 4, 2024

Resources to help you plan here.

Evangelism Conference – October 3-6,2024

In Louisville, KY. Theme: A Lifestyle That Exudes Justice, more information here.

Young Adult Advocacy Conference – October 18-20, 2024

In Charlotte, NC at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Theme: Jesus and Justice, more information here.

Campfire Collective PCCCA Conference – November 10-15, 2024

At Zephyr Point Conference Center, NV. The theme of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association/Campfire Collective conference for camp leaders is REFRAME: Growing Leaders through Listening, Learning and Responding. More information here.

Presbyterian Youth Triennium July 28-31, 2025

Mark your calendars! The event will be in Louisville, KY. Watch this site for more news.

 

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