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.

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.”

The Way of Love: Rest

Two-minute read. In the Godly Play Creation story, the words go like this: “On the seventh day, God rested and gave us the gift of a day to rest – and to remember the great gifts of all the other days.” What practices restore you and help you to rest in God’s hands? What practices help you celebrate and enjoy the gifts of the other days of creation?

Centering Prayer – Bringing peace and calm to your life

One-minute read. Centering Prayer is a time to reframe our mind, a time to invite God into our lives and dwell in God’s presence. The more it is practiced, the more you will feel God working in and through you.

Who Has Seen the Holy Spirit?

Four-minute read. Who has seen the Holy Spirit? It’s a challenging question. Take a moment to think about it. Where have you seen the Holy Spirit? What does it look like? Of the three persons of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is the most elusive.

The Holy Spirit, a gift to inspire us

Two-minute read. Pentecost, or Whitsunday, which is celebrated this year on Sunday, May 23, marks the birth of the Church, a grass-roots movement led by followers of The Way who listen, learn, and live the way of love with Jesus, the teacher.

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