Christian Formation

Christian Formation expands our minds, shapes our hearts, and builds God’s kingdom. The Christian Formation Office is here to provide the support you need for Children, Youth, Young Adults, Adults, and Generations in community together.

There are lots of Christian Formation resources available on our website, why not check them out?

If you have questions contact Kim Snodgrass, Assistant to the Bishop for Christian Formation.

Mindful Eating

One-Minute read. As I reach for something on the go or hurry through a meal, it’s worth a few moments to regard what I eat in relation to my spiritual walk.

A Way to Pray: Icons

Three-Minute read. Icons bring us into prayer – conversation with God -with our eyes wide open.

Chalking the Door: A New Year House Blessing

Two-Minute read. Chalking the Door: With time the chalk will fade but the meaning of the written symbols can sink into the depths of our hearts and be made manifest in our words and actions.

Meditation: rejoicing in your day

Two-Minute read. Especially now, in the bustle of building up to Christmas, this calming practice may be especially beneficial at the end of your day.

A Waiting Prayer

One-Minute read. It can be hard to wait … but this prayer can be helpful in reminding us how important it is to be on God’s time.

Journey to Advent

15-minute read. Read daily meditations from the people of West Missouri through Advent to Christmas Day.

Advent resources

One-Minute read. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, families are spread thin. The resources in this post can support and bolster households, without adding to the burden families feel. While time spent at church is precious, we can do more to convey the wonder, mystery, and importance of the Christmas story.

Want children in church? Put them in charge

Three-Minute read. There is sound reasoning for why children should be included in every aspect of church life and it’s vital to the life of a congregation.

God, make me a tree

One-Minute read. What can we learn from a tree?

Reach Out Challenge

One-Minute read.
Most of us know someone, friend or family, who could use a break. In August, the Everything Holy project suggested households challenge themselves to reach out and help.

Children and Family Ministry — let’s share ideas

One-Minute read.
A growing number of churches within our diocese offer active ministries for children and families or are hoping to move in that direction. On Thursday, August 19, join in a virtual gathering to learn, share ideas, and network our resources. Together, we find even more joy in the work God has called us to.

Discern: Helping young adults called to ministry

One-Minute read. DISCERN is a two-week virtual experience where for young adults to engage in thought-provoking conversations around purpose, passion, and call with inspiring faith leaders. This experience will guide them in discovering their next most faithful steps and explore how they might serve the church — and ultimately the world.

Choosing Curriculum: Things to keep in mind for children (and adults)

One-Minute read. Well-known Christian Educator Sharon Ely-Pearson’s recent post regarding children’s curriculum is worth the few minutes time it will take you to read it. Though it is oriented towards selecting children’s curriculum, additional insights apply just as well to adult education.

Church Seasons: Ordinary Time

One-Minute read. Keep this church season extraordinary by reflecting on and celebrating the life and teachings of Jesus and challenging ourselves to walk the talk as his disciples.

At the Table: Gathering Community

One-Minute read. Imagine how good it feels to be at a table that is warm and welcoming. That is the kind of table At the Table hopes to create in your home or within your congregation sometime soon.  

Explore Scripture: Deepen Faith through Education for Ministry in West Missouri

Three-minute read. People need the kind of theological education which supports their faith and which also trains them to express that faith in day-to-day events. “This is a class I wish I had ‘discovered’ at a much earlier time in my life. It is rewarding beyond anything I ever thought it would be.”

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