What is Faith Formation, Part 2

What’s going on in Faith Formation?
First of all, a lot of listening, watching and learning. It would be foolish, and not very helpful, for me to come in as Faith Formation Coordinator and try to tell everyone how to be a better Christian. I am not the one doing the forming, God is. So first of all, I am trying to see what God is up to at St. Peter.
My first impressions have been that God is doing quite a lot! I have been going to team meetings to learn about the various ministries already in place, and to try and see the connections between them. While I am mostly listening, I am also thinking, and imagining and dreaming of ways to strengthen and grow the ministries.
I am meeting people- as many as I can. That’s why you will see me at both worship services on Sunday mornings. It’s simply the best way to meet people, and see how you interact with each other. I’m working on putting names and faces together, and making a bit of progress. But for now, please don’t be offended if I ask you your name more than once!
The task force asked me to make Education a top priority, so I have. The E-Team and I have had several meetings, and are shaking things up in Sunday School and tweaking confirmation. Each Sunday School class will be taught by a two person team, so that the teachers have some flexibility in their schedules. And the E-Team is working on writing the curriculum for the E100 in new ways, incorporating more hands-on and group activities. More fun for the students, less stress for the teachers is our goal.
Soon, on September 7th, we will begin a new educational year with our Super Duper St. Peter Sunday School Spectacular! (That name just cries out for an exclamation mark!) Come and see, come and find out what’s going on! At this point we have focused on children and youth, but we are thinking about adult learning as well. In my office I have a quote from an 86 year-old Michelangelo, “I am still learning”. If it was good enough for the painter of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, I think it’s pretty good advice for the rest of us as well.
But the biggest thing going on in Faith Formation is the new energy I sense among us. Many of the people I have met with and talked and listened to have expressed a sense of excitement- God is about to do something good among us! It is a feeling like we are on the edge of a big event, or going on a wonderful trip. There is anticipation about having a new pastor soon. I have heard thankfulness about the gifts of leadership and friendship Pastor Diane shared with the people of St. Peter, and sadness at her death. But now God is doing a new thing, building on what Pastor Diane and other leaders have done and taught. Moving forward, climbing higher, going deeper into relationship with God is the very essence of Faith Formation. We are on the right track, folks. Alleluia!