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New approaches technologies for faith formation @ home parish and school

New Approaches & Technologies for Faith Formation @ Home, Parish, and School

John Roberto

LifelongFaith Associates (jroberto@lifelongfaith.com)


Topics
Topics Parish, and School

  • Envisioning the future of faith formation

  • Addressing the diversity of spiritual and religious needs of people today

  • Developing a 21st century approach to faith formation


New approaches technologies for faith formation home parish and school

www.Lifelongfaith.com Parish, and School


Www lifelongfaith com jroberto@lifelongfaith com
www.LifelongFaith.com Parish, and Schooljroberto@lifelongfaith.com


Www faithformation2020 net
www.faithformation2020.net Parish, and School



Driving forces
Driving Forces Parish, and School



Four scenarios for the future
Four Scenarios for the Future Parish, and School


Applying the scenarios
Applying the Scenarios Parish, and School

  • Viewed through the lens of the 4 Scenarios, who is being served by current faith formation programming? Who is not?

  • Where are the greatest needs or gaps?

  • What are the priority areas for growth and improvement?


Applying the four scenarios
Applying the Parish, and SchoolFour Scenarios


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Applying the Scenarios Parish, and School

Shifting from. . .

“One Size Fits All” Curriculum & Programming

to

A Network of Personalized & Customized Faith Formation Activities & Resources

focusing on addressing people’s spiritual and religious growth by offering a wide variety of religious content and experiences

“Differentiated Faith Formation”


4 scenarios for the future
4 Scenarios for the Future Parish, and School


Applying the scenarios discerning spiritual growth
Applying the Scenarios Parish, and SchoolDiscerning Spiritual Growth


Applying the scenarios faith formation models
Applying the Scenarios Parish, and SchoolFaith Formation Models


Applying the scenarios faith formation models1
Applying the Scenarios Parish, and SchoolFaith Formation Models

  • Face-to-Face

  • Virtual

  • On Your Own

  • Mentored

  • At Home

  • In Small Group

  • In Large Group

  • In Church

  • In Community & World

Spiritual & Religious Needs

Topics or Themes




A network approach
A Network Approach Parish, and School




Milestones faith stepping stones
Milestones (Faith Stepping Stones) Parish, and School

Stone 1: Raising a Healthy Baby

  • physical, emotional and spiritual needs of infants and their parents; nightly blessing as a family faith practice.

    Stone 2: Raising a Healthy Preschooler

  • physical, emotional and spiritual needs of preschoolers and their parents; add prayer to the nightly blessing as a faith practice


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Stone 3: Entry Into School Parish, and School

physical, emotional and spiritual needs of kindergarteners and their parents; share highs & lows with children and add it to their nightly prayers and blessing

Stone 4: My Bible

120 key verses in young readers’ Bibles; reading a Bible verse nightly, continue with highs & lows, prayer and blessing nightly

Milestones (Faith Stepping Stones)


Faith stepping stones

Stone 5: Livin’ Forgiven Parish, and School

Passover to Lord’s Supper, with nightly confession and absolution added to the faith practices of Bible reading, highs & lows, prayer and blessing

Stone 6: Surviving Adolescence

theological reflection (i.e. setting the Bible verse and the highs & lows of the day together to ask “What is God saying to us today?”), adding to confession/ absolution, Bible reading, highs & lows, prayer and blessing continue

Faith Stepping Stones


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Stone 7: Confirmation As Ordination Parish, and School

youth and parents look at their confession, their confirmation, and their call.

Stone 8: Graduation Blessing

seniors and their parents look back God’s blessings, look to the moment, and look to the future of their new callings

Faith Stepping Stones


Family faith formation
Family Faith Formation Parish, and School


Family faith formation1
Family Faith Formation Parish, and School

Meal and Community Building (30 minutes)

Part 1. Gathering and Prayer (10-15)

Part 2. All Ages Learning Experience (20-30)

Part 3. In-Depth Learning Experience (75-90)

  • Option 1. Whole Group (together)

  • Option 2. Age Group (parallel)

  • Option 3. Activity Center

    Part 4. Sharing Learning Experiences and Home Application (15-20)

    Part 5. Closing Prayer (5-10)


New approaches technologies for faith formation home parish and school

The Wesley Playhouse Parish, and School

Family Life Center


Spiritual seekers
Spiritual Seekers Parish, and School


Spiritual seekers1
Spiritual Seekers Parish, and School

Introduction Dinner: Is there more to life than this?

  • Who is Jesus?

  • Why did Jesus die?

  • How can we have faith?

  • Why and how do I pray?

  • Why and how should I read the Bible?

  • How does God guide us?

  • How can I resist evil?

  • Why & how should we tell others?

  • Does God heal today?

  • What about the Church?

  • Who is the Holy Spirit?


Toward active engagement deeper faith
Toward Active Engagement & Deeper Faith Parish, and School

Our Lady of Soledad Catholic Parish

Mini-Retreat 101: “Catholics Alive!”

“What does it mean to be a follower of Christ?”

Mini-Retreat 201: “Alive and Growing Spiritually!”

Maturing in the Catholic faith

Mini-Retreat 301: “Alive and Gifted!”

Discerning how to serve God in ministry

Mini-Retreat 401: “Alive in the World!”

Living as witnesses for Christ

Mini-Retreat 501: “Alive to Praise God!”

Catholic worship and the sacraments


New approaches technologies for faith formation home parish and school

Apps Parish, and School


The emerging role of the f aith formation curator
The Emerging Role of the Parish, and SchoolFaith Formation Curator


Faith formation curator
Faith Formation Curator Parish, and School

Shifting from providing religious content and programming to curating religious content and experiences for all ages

A faith formation curator is someone who continually finds, groups, organizes, and shares the best and most relevant content on a specific subject to match the needs of a specific audience.


Faith formation curator1
Faith Formation Curator Parish, and School

What would you curate?

  • Congregational Programs & Activities

  • Community Programs & Activities

  • People Resources

  • Print Resources

  • Audio & Video Resources

  • Art, Drama, and Music Resources

  • Online Content: Websites, Courses, Blogs

  • Apps & Digital Resources


Faith formation curator2
Faith Formation Curator Parish, and School


Additional examples
Additional Examples Parish, and School



A variety of formats for one program
A Variety Parish, and Schoolof Formats for One Program



Extend gathered faith formation
Extend Parish, and SchoolGathered Faith Formation