It Is Time For a Faith Formation Summit


Debbie Gline Allen

10/16/2018

The shifts and changes our secular culture is experiencing are having a dramatic effect on faith formation ministries. The vast majority of the congregations in the Massachusetts Conference

  • are struggling to find enough volunteers to teach Sunday School,
  • are finding that traditional curriculum materials are not meeting the needs of the many families that cannot commit to weekly attendance,
  • are confirming teens who do not intend to remain a part of the church.
And these are just a few in a long list of struggles that our congregations are facing when attempting to provide faith formation experiences in “the way they’ve always done it before.”

Purchasing a new curriculum resource, changing the time/day of Sunday School, and trying a new model for Sunday School sessions are only a temporary fix. The problem runs much deeper and needs an adaptive solution. It is time for a Faith Formation Summit.

You are invited to join faith formation leaders from southern New England United Church of Christ churches for a day of learning, conversation, and a sharing of ideas that will help us to move our thinking forward into an enhanced understanding of faith formation for the 21st Century.

Your Together As One faith formation staff will provide information on current research and models to guide our thinking for the day:
  • Debbie Gline Allen, Consultant for Christian Education and Youth Ministry for the Massachusetts Conference, will present current information on the effectiveness of intergenerational ministries.
  • Kristin Putney, Christian Education and Youth Ministry Resource Consultant for the Rhode Island Conference, will offer creative thoughts on thinking outside of the box.
  • Karen Ziel, Minister of Faith Formation and Leadership for the Connecticut Conference, will present helpful pointers on leadership and collaboration in this time of constant change.
There will be opportunities for participants to share their thoughts and ideas in a World Cafe-style format, and then return to their congregations with ideas for adapting their faith formation needs to their children, youth, and adults.

Join us on December 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Edwards House in Framingham for our Faith Formation Summit. The cost for the day is $20 per person, which includes lunch. Click here to register.

We owe our congregations our best efforts in providing the most effective faith forming experiences possible. Bringing our ideas and experiences together will guide is in making it happen.



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