Journey in Faith
for Today's Church
Are you seeking the sacred in your daily life? Are you looking for a way to grow with others in your church? Will you set out on a pilgrimage that leads toward deeper community, stronger faith and the skills to minister in the world? Journey in Faith supports and enhances the baptismal ministry of the whole people of God. It is a multi-year, multi-faceted program that renews and revitalizes congregations and is especially suited for younger adults. Each Unit is a set of six sessions that can be done individually and in any order rather than as an ongoing program.
A Multi-faceted Process of Faith Formation
(A group may take a year or longer to complete each Path)
The First Path — Faith Stories (Scriptures)
The Second Path — Theology
The Third Path — Ethics and History
The Fourth Path — World Religions
Each Path has Six Units, each comprised of Six Steps (sessions) for a total of 36 core sessions in each Path + optional focus units. Each Unit addresses these topics:
Step #1 Our Experience
Step #2 Creativity in Hebrew Scriptures
Step #3 Love in Christian Scriptures
Step #4 Liberty in the Saints of History
Step #5 Restorative Justice
Step #6 Review and Celebrate
Click HERE to download an Overview
Click HERE to download the Startup Guide
Theological Education with Practical Application
What will your group learn?
You will learn what your group decides to experience, but the program offers the following opportunities to learn:
- new ways of doing liturgy and prayer
- new ways to grow spiritually and lead others in spiritual practice
- ways to study scritpture and specific scriptural passages
- about theology and how to be a theologian
- about saints and church history
- about baptismal ministry and your own ministry
- small group leadership skills
- about mission/outreach ministry
- about the beliefs and practices of other faiths
- and much more!
How does the program do all this?
Through weekly meetings, small groups build community by praying together, reading the scriptures and sharing aspects of their lives. In this flexible process, the group rotates leadership roles and decides how to focus their time, but the program materials provide a framework and guide to acquiring the skills needed for ministry and the knowledge and experience needed for mature faith. Journey in Faith groups are coached by Companions (mentors) who help participants learn skills, find answers and grow in faith.
How do we find a Companion (mentor)?
YOU may be the mentor -- or someone you know. Journey in Faith Companions are not group leaders, rather they are more like a coach. Individuals who have already been trained or have skills and experience as a small group mentor can serve as Companions and/or be trained as Companions. See the Training and Events section of this website for current trainings. We will also bring the training to you -- contact us for more information. Each congregation (or diocese) sets its own norms for how to identify, select and train Companions. We have provided a set of templates you can adapt to fit your own situation.
Personal faith formation in a small group setting
that transforms people and their congregations!
This resource is a downloadable file; after checking out, go to MY ACCOUNT to download your files. Your license grants the purchasing church (or organization) to make as many copies as needed to implement the program in your church. A PDF file is provided for printing and a WORD document file is provided for you to customize the resource.
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