What is Faith Formation?

Faith Formation | Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church | Canyon Lake, TX

Before we go ahead and do something in life, it sometimes helps with knowing something about what we are doing. The same holds true with our faith. In order to live out our lives based upon Christian tenets, it is probably a good idea to learn about Christianity. The same holds true about Faith Formation. It may be a good idea to know what it is before trying to incorporate it into your own life or even at a church where you may be a member. We have heard the phrase before, but what is Faith Formation?

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1.An excerpt from Our Hearts Were Burning Within UsA Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States says, “The Church’s catechetical mission aims to help the faithful of all ages to grow in both human and Christian maturity, enriching the whole of life with the leaven of the Gospel. Consequently, appropriate goals and content will embrace all the faith dimensions of an adult life – for example, understanding and communicating the faith, skills needed for personal growth, the experience of family life, relationships, public service, and concern for the common good.

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2.Spirit & Truth Publishing, Inc. says, “We define faith formation as every action, experience, or relationship that nurtures a transformative relationship of trust with God and shapes the way we see and interact with God’s world. Faith formation is the very mission of God’s church, to equip followers of Jesus Christ so that they may be sent out into the world to spread God’s kingdom. Basically, faith formation is the process by which our faith grows, and our lives are shaped by God’s love.

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3.Excerpts from the article Faith Formation for Every Adult in Your Church It’s Possible Today! by John Roberto says, “Adult faith formation …

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… addresses the diverse life tasks and situations, spiritual and religious needs, and interests of adults in the church by offering a variety of content topics and learning activities out of which adults can develop their own personalized learning pathway.

… recognizes that learning is a process of active inquiry with initiative residing in the adult learner and that adults are motivated to learn as they experience needs and interests that adult learning activities will satisfy.

… views learning as a lifelong process that involves both formal and informal learning, intentional or unexpected.

… utilizes a variety of learning models to address the diverse life tasks and situations, religious and spiritual needs, and interests of adults; and incorporates both face-to-face, interactive learning activities and virtual, online learning activities.”

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