Welcome to Lifelong Faith
Providing the resources, training, & assistance to help leaders
develop faith formation for all ages and generations
May and June 2022
Lifelong Faith Clinics will guide you and your team in designing faith formation programming to implement in your church. The Clinics are not webinars. These are two-session, online, design labs in which one of the Lifelong Faith Team will facilitate you and your team in actually creating programming that addresses the needs of people today using the most effective skills, tools, and processes.
Session One of each Clinic presents the key principles or practices for designing, introduces a design process for your topic, and illustrates how to use the process with examples. During the week between sessions you will begin design work on your project or program. Session Two provides time for each leader to present a program idea or design, and to receive guidance and ideas from the facilitator for creating and implementing your project or program.
Clinic registrations are limited to 20 churches so we can provide a more personalized experience. The registration fee for each clinic is $50 per church.
Here’s the line-up of Clinics with dates, times, and presenters. All Clinic sessions use Zoom; and all of the Clinic resources will be available online for easy access.
Download the Overview for descriptions of each Clinic.
Designing Pathways for Discerning Growth in Faith with Kathy Pittenger
Designing Family & Parent Faith Formation Programming with Denise Utter
Moving from Design to Implementing New Projects with Jim Merhaut
Designing Faith Formation with Adolescents with Michael Droege
Designing Playlists for Faith Formation with Kathy Pittenger
Designing Intergenerational Faith Formation with Kathie Amidei
Designing Faith Formation with Adults with Janet Schaeffler
The Lifelong Faith Book . . . .
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The mission of making disciples and forming faith for a lifetime can seem over-whelming. Leaders want to make lifelong faith formation a reality. They want to nurture, sustain, and deepen the Christian faith for a lifetime. What if we could identify the essential elements that make lifelong faith formation work—key elements that could guide decision-making and planning in every single church?
My efforts to identify these essentials has been inspired by the marvelous book and Netflix series Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, by Samin Nosrat. The whole idea behind Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is that if we can learn how to use those four elements—which play a role in everything that we cook—we can learn how, why, and when to use them, and make anything taste good with or without a recipe. The rest, she says, is just a combination of cultural, seasonal, or technical details, for which we could consult cookbooks and experts, histories, and maps. For her this insight was a “revelation.”
What if we took the same approach in lifelong faith formation? What if we could develop lifelong faith formation by using several essential elements that could be contextualized and customized in any setting? These elements would need to reflect the best thinking and practice in faith formation and education. They would also need to address the challenges we are facing today.
My new book from Church Publishing, Lifelong Faith: Formation for All Ages and Generations, and the new updated Lifelong Faith Website present seven elements that I believe are essential for developing lifelong faith formation.
In addition to chapters on the seven elements, the Lifelong Faith book describes how to integrate the elements into a network plan and how to create your church's model of lifelong faith formation. The book concludes with chapters on building capacity for lifelong faith formation and the emerging roles for leaders in lifelong faith formation. The Lifelong Faith book and website work together to guide you in developing lifelong faith formation in your church community.
The Lifelong Faith Website. . . .
Goals for Maturing
Practices for Forming a Christian Way of Life
Networks for Forming Faith with All Ages
Playlists for Engaging All Ages in Faith Formation
The Lifelong Faith Studio provides curated digital resources - from a variety of Christian faith traditions - for children, adolescents, adults, and families to assist leaders in building networks of faith formation and playlists of learning.
The curated resources in the Studio are organized around the ten goals for maturing in faith described in the Lifelong Faith book.
In addition there are resources for Life Stages & Transitions, and the Seasons of the Year.
We have selected a variety of digital resources that are either free or low cost that you can use to develop online faith formation programming for all ages in your faith community in virtual and blended settings.
The resources listed can be used in designing online and hybrid faith formation programming and playlists, and adding content to faith formation websites for children, adolescents, adults, families, and all generations.
LifelongFaithTraining.com provides free video-based training developed by the Lifelong Faith Team of veteran faith formation leaders. Our goal is to equip leaders with the knowledge, practices, and skills for designing, leading, and organizing lifelong faith formation in their churches. Each video program is one hour in length, presented in multiple parts for easy viewing, and includes a "Resources" page with articles and design tools.
The videos are design to inform and equip leaders and teams to design and lead faith formation. The video programs are designed for "just in time" learning so that you and your team can watch a video presentation and use the tools to design programming. The videos can be used in a variety of ways: 1) For personal enrichment and on-your-own learning, 2) For training your team(s), 3) For preparation to design faith formation initiatives and programming, 4) For facilitating a course or workshop, and more.
Training Programs & Presenters