Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century
A Service of LifelongFaith Associates
Reimagining Faith Formation is a proposal for what twenty-first century faith formation can look like. Much has been written about the challenges facing Christianity and faith formation. This book seeks to provide a way forward by: How can we address the big adaptive challenges facing churches and faith formation? How can we reimagine faith formation with a vision that honors the past and is open to the future? How can we build a new faith-forming ecosystem that supports religious transmission and faith growth? How can we design new models with the best understandings and practices of learning and faith formation? And how can we engage all ages and generations in growing in faith and discipleship for a lifetime?
Chapter One explores four big adaptive challenges facing churches and faith formation to identify the need for a new faith forming ecosystem and new models of faith formation. Chapter Two presents a reimagined faith formation ecosystem for the twenty-first century incorporating five, essential, interconnected components: intergenerational faith formation in the congregation, age-group and generational faith formation in a variety of physical places and online spaces, family faith formation at home, missional faith formation to the spiritual but not religious and the unaffiliated, and online and digital faith formation. Chapter Three presents a reimagined model of faith formation as a network of relationships, content, experiences, and resources—in physical places and online spaces that is lifelong and life-wide—everywhere, anytime learning within a network of mentors, teachers, family, and peers. Chapter Four presents a reimagined understanding of faith formation curriculum that is holistic, comprehensive and balanced, systemic, lifelong, contextual, digitally-enabled, connected, and multi-platform. Chapter Five reimagines the role of faith formation leader as curator.
The Resource Center
Guided by the vision and practices in the Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century book, the 21st Century Faith Formation Resource Center is designed to equip leaders to:
Curating Faith Formation is a resource center with selected curated digital content for use in designing curriculum and building faith formation websites for children, adolescents, adults, families, and all generations. The website provides a listing and description of the resources and links to their availability online.
The 21st Century Faith Formation website has been completely redesigned with new resources and materials to assist you in developing faith formation guided by the vision and practices in the Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century book.
In each section of the website - designed around the chapters in the book - you will find short introductions, articles and worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, video presentations, and "going deeper" resources.
Lifelong Faith Online Resource Centers
The intergenerational faith formation resource center compliments the Generations Together book by providing research on intergenerational faith formation, articles on principles and practices, interviews and case studies, book reviews, and program designs for intergenerational learning.
Coming in August 2015
The adult faith formation resource center provides a variety of resources to assist leaders in developing adult faith formation: programming ideas, articles, case studies, links to digital resources, and reproducible materials and worksheets from The Seasons of Adult Faith Formation book.