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Fowler’s Stages of Faith Development . Pre-stage: 0 Early experiences count ‘We are loved into knowing and feeling… as we are loved into being’. Uninhibited imagination yields a chaos of powerful images Thinking is intuitive and haphazard Reality is a scrapbook of random impressions

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fowler s stages of faith development

Fowler’s Stages of Faith Development

Pre-stage: 0

Early experiences count

‘We are loved into knowing and feeling…

as we are loved into being’

stage 1 unordered or impressionistic
Uninhibited imagination yields a chaos of powerful images

Thinking is intuitive and haphazard

Reality is a scrapbook of random impressions

Symbols viewed magically and as what they represent

Symbols of Christian experience, tradition and liturgy can contribute deep and lasting images at this stage

Stage 1: Unordered or Impressionistic
stage 1 unordered or impressionistic implications for workers with children and young people
Children excluded from experiencing ritual and sacrament alongside adult Christians because ‘they don’t yet understand’ are being cut off from a vital form of nourishment.

Dependable, structured parenting is crucial at this stage.

Stage 1: Unordered or Impressionistic – Implications for workers with children and young people
stage 2 ordering
Able to unify experience and trace patterns of cause and effect

Storytelling is important

Distinguishes ‘true’ stories but sees them from within

Belonging matters

Stage 2: Ordering
stage 3 conforming
Can think abstractly and see self as others see them

Importance given to what peers and ‘significant’ others think and say

Despite rebelliousness, essentially conformist

Cannot stand back and view beliefs and values from others’ perspectives

Tendency to be defensive when challenged

Stage 3: Conforming
stage 3 conforming implications for workers
Christian leaders and workers can be ‘significant others’!

It is a time of going with the ‘faith-crowd’ or ‘faith-current’

Ability to reason gives opportunity for new ways of teaching and discussion

Stage 3: Conforming – Implications for workers
stage 4 choosing
Can take a third-person perspective in evaluating beliefs and values

Need to know who I am for myself, not second hand

Take charge of values and responsibility for commitments, evaluations and worldview

Newfound autonomy and maturity

Stage 4: Choosing
stage 4 choosing implications for workers
Need sensitivity, allowing space to grow into new way of meaning-making

This stage of faith can lead to an unrealistic sense of independence

People at this stage can also tend to caricature the faith of others to justify their own stance

Oversimplifying faith may result in denying paradoxes and tensions

Stage 4: Choosing – Implications for workers
stage 5 inclusive
Desire to resolve tensions becomes a psychological burden

Develop greater openness to, and mutuality with, other perspectives

Able to keep in tension the paradoxes and polarities of faith, in order to cope with ambiguity in our meaning-system

Recognize that truth is too complex to be viewed from one perspective alone

Recognize other ways of knowing (e.g. intuition)

Capable of self-criticism, questioning, doubt

Recognize our inevitable interdependence

Stage 5: Inclusive
stage 5 inclusive implications for workers
This person is willing to engage with others and possibly be changed as a result.

This stage often results from coping with failure, crises and/or living with the consequences of earlier decisions

Stage 5: Inclusive – Implications for workers
stage 6 selfless
Essentially a relinquishing and transcending of self

‘Such people often go out to transform the world. And they often die in the attempt’

Implications for workers: These people are dangerous! They might change you…

Stage 6: Selfless
a challenge from john westerhoff
What our children are really asking is for us to reveal and share ourselves and our faith, not to provide dogmatic answers…

It is in the relationship between us during our shared quest that God is revealed

From Bringing Up Children in the Christian Faith, Harper & Row, 1980

A challenge from John Westerhoff