Some of the most important people in faith formation are often overlooked: adults. But how can parishes engage people living in a postmodern world—people who consider themselves “spiritual but not religious,” who may be suspicious of large institutions, and whose experiences and worldviews are as diverse as our parishes themselves? Nationally recognized educator Jane Regan offers a bold yet commonsense vision for adult faith formation in our century, showing us how to tap into adults’ unique learning patterns and teach as Jesus did.
With insight and clarity, she explores what important church documents say about evangelization and catechesis, and how they play a crucial role in thriving adult faith communities. Then she offers practical ways parishes of all sizes and personalities can help people become true disciples.
Effective adult catechesis in a secular world is possible, Regan says. But it’s not limited to religious education. Every parish ministry, from fundraising to outreach to spiritual direction, can easily and painlessly incorporate adult formation. “Through story and conversation, through example and shared interactions, we convey to others the reign of God,” she says. “And we witness to a life shaped by gospel values.”
With reflection and discussion questions throughout, this powerful book accommodates both individual and group study. Useful for Pastors, DREs, RCIA teams, education advisory boards, parish councils and every committee chairperson, Forming a Community of Faith offers wisdom and guidance to anyone in your parish who wishes to discover and nurture a dynamic, mature, and fruitful faith.