About The About TheDepartment of Christian Formation
The Department of Christian Formation is comprised of 16 members, chosen by the Bishop to serve as a voice for Christian Educators in the diocese. We provide parishes with opportunities for training, community building and resource guidance. The committee strives to support all who are involved with education in the parish. We have trained consultants and you may access their gifts and talents! Contact: Kathy Graham at 205.715.2060 ext. 9229 or email:email@example.com We are happy to send a representative to your parish or help you find the resources you need.
How do we sustain quality Christian formation in the 21st century? Many churches are finding the answer online! ChurchNext offers online Christian Formation that is led by experts in their fields of study and taught from a mainline Christian perspective to help you and your parish to: Form & Shape Disciples, Help People to Cross Important Thresholds, and Build Community. Clergy are invited to learn more about the diocesan ChurchNext Subscription. Reach out! The Department of Christian Formation is here to help.
The Department of Lifelong Christian Formation
Contact: Kathy Graham at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join The Good Book Club this Lent!
What is the Good Book Club?
The Good Book Club is an invitation to all Episcopalians to join in reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts during Lent-Easter 2018. Episcopalians will start reading Luke on Sunday, February 11 and read a section of Luke’s Gospel every day through the season of Lent. The entire season of Easter will be devoted to daily readings from the Book of Acts. Already, individuals, congregations, and organizations are committed to being a part of the Good Book Club, and we hope you’ll join the journey too!
Watch a preview here:
Additional Resources for The Good Book Club are also available. ChurchNext has partnered with Forward Movement and other leaders to offer a free video course "Luke the Liberator" to accompany and enrich your study this Lenten season. The free course is available throughout the season of Lent. The Big Class - "Luke the Liberator" registration is open now! www.churchnext.tv
More Opportunities to Grow in Faith and Knowledge this Lent:
Have you ever wished to deepen your relationship with God? To experience a warm friendship with God? Maybe even fall in love with God – again – or for the very first time?
With a beautiful prayer journal, facilitation guidance for small groups (and more) from the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, and videos from the monks of SSJE, Meeting Jesus is a six-week journey and reflection on the Gospel According to John, starting Lent 2018.
Want to know more about the tract of courses that St. Stephen's, Birmingham created for Sunday Christian Formation time? Click the Home Life Series below for a full description of courses. Thanks to the good folks at St. Stephen's for sharing!
A few words from those who are using ChurchNext Online Christian Formation in their parish:
St Stephen’s, Birmingham
We began using ChurchNext courses for our Sunday morning and Wednesday evening programs. We developed Home Life series course tract using the video courses on topics like Difficult Children, Money Management, Being Single, and Prayer. Our church has responded very well to the video series and the following discussion. Each "For Groups" course includes a facilitator and participant guides that you may download and print.
The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Guntersville:
With an iPhone and AppleTV, we had an instant video series that was thoughtful and engaging.
The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Rainbow City
“I used ChurchNext for Congregations as a supplement to my Adult Confirmation Class. The courses offered a wonderful way for those seeking confirmation to learn on their own time and then come to Sunday class ready for in-depth discussion. I am grateful to our diocese for supporting this extremely helpful Christian Formation resource.”
The Rev. Michael Goldsmith
Grace Episcopal Church, Anniston
I found CN very helpful and used it in a variety of settings. In the spring during the Sunday morning Christian Ed time, I used different courses that focused on Spiritual Practices to highlight different practices. I have also used classes for Wednesday evening programming and I used two during Confirmation classes. The format is good for jump-starting conversations in groups. There are usually 4-5 short segments in each course so the time required can vary depending on what is available or how much conversation is generated. The Rev. Dr. Lee F. Shafer