It’s time.

It’s time for every church to commit to adult faith formation. The transmission of faith to the next generation lies not in our work with children and youth, but rather with adults. We talk a good game for lifelong faith formation, but our actions remain primarily focused on children and youth. It’s time to flip the paradigm.
Spend a day exploring the possibilities…

and discovering the resources, methods, and strategies for doing effective adult faith formation in the congregation. In the context of the four seasons of adulthood – young adult, midlife adult, mature adult, older adult – we will explore:

  • Practical approaches of that reach beyond traditional practices that have more-or-less mirrored the schooling, education model
  • New Models that are showing real promise in some congregations
  • Digitally enabled efforts that are appropriate for the audience and doable
  • Design and planning process for building a networked approach to adult faith formation.
You’ll come away with . . .
  • A renewed vision for empowering adults in their journey of faith
  • A host of methods and strategies that you can customize and integrate into your congregation
  • A practical planning and implementation process that you can take home and utilize right away
  • An introduction to a plethora of resources already tested and proven to enhance adult faith
  • A positive experience of adult learning and growth for yourself.

Our relational needs are no less strong as adults than they are as children.

Outline

Goal is adult discipleship
  • a portrait of the adult disciple
  • adult faith formation is crucial for faith transmission to the next generation
  • adult faith formation is crucial for congregational life
  • draft your vision of adult faith formation
Emerging Models - moving beyond the traditional approach
  • beyond education => formation
  • beyond life stage => life experiences
  • beyond one size fits all => seasons of adult life
  • beyond classroom => mentoring, serving, socializing, surfing
  • beyond church hall => online, in the marketplace, other
  • beyond . . .
Different Seasons, Different Approaches
  • adults need others — a brief exploration of adult attachment theory
  • characteristics and life experiences of each “season” — young adult, midlife adult, mature adult, older adult
  • models, methods, and examples of effective faith formation for each “season.” See what’s working elsewhere.
Application
  • re-visit and revise your vision of adult faith formation
  • tools for custom designing your innovative model of adult faith formation
  • go forth

Details

 

9am – 3:30pm

$69/individual

$59/person for teams of 3+

  • Morning refreshments provided
  • Lunch is on your own
  • All necessary materials provided – bring writing tools

 

We’ll communicate via email prior to and after the event, so please make sure to provide a valid email that you check regularly. If you have questions, contact our registrar Melanie Schwolert at mschwolert@vibrantfaith.org or call 877.239.2492 and press 0

 

FACILITATORS

DR. NANCY GOING
Executive Director of Vibrant Faith

LEIF KEHRWALD
Vibrant Faith Partner for Training

JIM MERHAUT
Director of Coaching to Connect; Author, Trainer, Coach

KYLE MATTHEW OLIVER
Digital Missioner at the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, Virginia Theological Seminary; Alexandria, VA; Instructor, Author

JOHN ROBERTO
President, Lifelong Faith Associates

It’s time. Are you ready?

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Engaging Adults 2016 Sites

17aug9:00 am- 3:30 pmEngaging Adults -- BuffaloYour church can't survive without effective adult faith formation.9:00 am - 3:30 pm EDT Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse (Immaculate Conception Convent)

18aug9:00 am- 3:30 pmEngaging Adults -- SyracuseYour church can't survive without effective adult faith formation.9:00 am - 3:30 pm EDT Bishop Harrison Center

27aug9:00 am- 3:30 pmEngaging Adults -- BismarckYour church can't survive without effective adult faith formation.9:00 am - 3:30 pm CDT Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

17sep9:00 am- 3:30 pmEngaging Adults -- So CalYour church can't survive without effective adult faith formation.9:00 am - 3:30 pm PDT Hope Lutheran Church

24sep9:00 am- 3:30 pmEngaging Adults -- Fort CollinsYour church can't survive without effective adult faith formation.9:00 am - 3:30 pm MDT Foothills Unitarian Church

5oct9:00 am- 3:30 pmEngaging Adults -- Council BluffsYour church can't survive without effective adult faith formation.9:00 am - 3:30 pm CDT Saint John Lutheran Church · Faith & Life Center

6oct9:00 am- 3:30 pmEngaging Adults -- Iowa CityYour church can't survive without effective adult faith formation.9:00 am - 3:30 pm CDT Frist Presbyterian Church

28oct9:00 am- 3:30 pmEngaging Adults -- Detroit areaYour church can't survive without effective adult faith formation.9:00 am - 3:30 pm EDT Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

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