Adult Faith Formation – Laying the Foundation

I met this morning with Maryellen, the staff liason for Adult Faith Formation at St. Barnabas, for our first meeting to begin laying out a vision for what we hope to accomplish in AFF this year. We both agreed that the place to begin is NOT with a program but with a VISION and a PLAN! With that in mind, we are looking to meet with the Faith Formation Commission of the Parish Pastoral Council on August 20. This commission is made up of representatives from the following ministries in the parish:

  • Marriage Prep
  • Baptism Prep
  • Bible Study
  • Christ Renews His Parish
  • Hospitality
  • RCIA
  • Youth Ministry
  • House Build

I suggested to Maryellen that we invite several people to join this commission as “at-large” members – not representing a particular existing ministry but rather representing possibilities for growth in AFF. She is going to make that invitation through the parish bulletin and has a couple of people in mind.

At our gathering on August 20, I will do a brief piece on the vision and goals for AFF as stated in Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us in order to get us thinking in broader terms and not just about individual ministries and existing organizations but the parish as a whole.

Maryellen and I also identified some unique opportunities for AFF in the parish…more about that next time!

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

4 Comments on Adult Faith Formation – Laying the Foundation

  1. Hooray! Thank you for bringing the spotlight to AFF. Burning Hearts is a visionary document that could shift our Church focus back to adults. While we are good at teaching children, we are failing to engage adults, foster their spiritual growth and recognize their God-given talents. When we seriously commit our time and funds to developing adult formation, then we will see new hope and energy in Church participation. Families provide the best setting for passing on faith in Jesus.

  2. Jo writes:

    Great way to shift the paradigm from program to vision. “seeing” what faith formation could look like with the various groups, their needs, their gifts, and then going from there to plan how to get there. It’s like the backward design for faith formation. Where do we want to be? How do we get there?
    Keep up the great work!
    Jo Styler

  3. Sr. Virginia writes:

    Hi, Joe,

    When our Council for Catechesis was formed about 5-6 years ago we started out with a reading/study of “Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us” and it was a great way to understand the “who and why” of our focus on the parish catechetical ministry. It has been a great resource for us.

    Blessings,
    Sr. Virginia

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