This webpage provides information on empowering Christians through formal and informal learning opportunities, with a focus on establishing environments for self-discovery and ministry within congregations.
Christian Formation is a lifelong process the purpose of which is to support the people of God as they seek to live out their Baptismal Covenant and to express their unique calling as followers of Jesus Christ.
One of the greatest challenges for the leadership of the Church is the empowerment of all Christians through both formal and informal learning opportunities and experiences. It is the responsibility of the leadership in each congregation to establish and to develop an environment which enables people to discover themselves as God’s people and to carry out the ministries to which they are called. It is through this vision and leadership that the whole congregation comes to feel its responsibility for community and total ministry within the life of the Church.
Canon for Formation Lynn Farlin can assist you with Christian Formation questions and program planning.
CE-Net: Christian Educators Network
We are educators, laity and clergy, volunteer and professional, who work with Christian Formation in parishes around our diocese. CE-Net is committed to life-long, transformational Christian Education through leading, serving, pastoring and developing partnerships in the name of Christ. CE-Net meets five or six times a year for programs, support and sharing.
For more information on CE-Net contact:
Would you be interested in forming a colleague group in your area of the Diocese? If you would be interested in forming a group, contact Canon Lynn Farlin.
Formation In Southern Virginia
Formation Resource List
Below is a collection of our favorite resources to aid in the formation process.
- Grow Christians
- A Sanctified Art
- Edible Theology
- Christina V. Hines
- Rows of Sharon
- Living Compass
- The Good Book Club
- Bible Project
- Messy Church USA
- Pray As You Go
- Illustrated Ministry
- Church Next
- Sparkhouse Digital
- Lesson Plans That Work
- GenOn Ministries
- God’s Word My Voice
- Common Prayer for Children & Family
- Sermons 4 Kids
- Yale Divinity School Youth Ministry Institute
Virtual Formation Resources
Stations of the Nativity
Spend some time during the season of Advent “walking” through the virtual gallery to reflect on the scripture passages and featured artwork for each station. The Stations of the Nativity provides the opportunity to connect words of scripture with art that was created by a number of gifted artists.
AdventWord is an inspirational online Advent calendar featuring a daily prompt word selected from the Sunday Lectionary readings. Followers receive a daily meditation and image inspired by the day’s word, and are invited to share their own personal reflections, art, poetry, or other creative expression.
Resources for Advent and Christmas - Sanctified Art wants to equip you with comprehensive materials for a whole season. Each year, they release a new Advent bundle in August so you have time to plan for the upcoming season. Browse this blog post to see all 70+ of their individual resources for Advent through Christmas.
Lenten Resources from The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church’s offering Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent is a 7-session video based adult curriculum that can be used in small groups or for individual reflection and learning. The program also includes a Quiet Day for Lent Curriculum.
Some tips for navigating the Stations of the Nativity gallery: The tour provides stops at each of the stations to help make navigation in the gallery easier. The program has an auto timer for each station but you can pause the tour, go back, go forward or select a specific station. If you click on the image the artist’s credits will appear.
Way of the Cross video and reflection guide
The Department of Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary is pleased to offer a video version of The Way of the Cross and a reflection guide. Through scripture, art, and music, the video invites us to walk with Christians of every generation on a virtual pilgrimage, meditating on our Lord’s passion and death.
The Season of Creation
September 1st through October 4th is celebrated by Christians around the world as a time for renewing, repairing and restoring our relationship to God, one another, and all of creation. Visit the webpage to leanr more.
Experience the story of Jesus like never before with a reading plan from BibleProject. Reflect on major themes in Scripture as you read through the entire Bible in one year. Sign up for a weekly email, where you’ll find passages to read, a video to watch, and thought-provoking questions.