As a Church, we’ve been talking about adult faith formation for years and yet, here we are “beginning” the conversation at Christ the King parish. That’s not a knock on the parish—many parishes find themselves in the same boat: yet to realize what it means to make adult faith formation a priority. Thankfully, Fr. Larry Sullivan and his staff are determined to change all that!
Recently, I met with Fr. Larry and the staff at Christ the King to begin the conversation about adult faith formation. I chose to do so by focusing on the Six Dimensions (Tasks) of Catechesis as outlined in Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States.
To assist us in our conversation, I put together a worksheet which basically describes the six dimensions of catechesis and then asks folks participating in the conversation to respond to two questions:
- What is our parish doing in this area?
- What can/should our parish be doing in this area?
If your parish needs to get this conversation going—with the pastoral staff, the adult faith formation team, or the parish pastoral council—feel free to use this worksheet.