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Countdown to Orbiting Christ: Belonging, Believing, Behaving
Orbiting Christ: Belonging, Believing, BehavingAn Online Conference on Adult Faith Formation & Congregational TransformationBuilding on our earlier conference (Treasures Old and New: A Conference on Adult Faith Formation), this follow-up event will unfold ways in which the emblems of the Church intersect with the process of drawing people into Christ’s orbit, thus making them disciples. […]
Literary evidence from early Christian writers (Epistula Apostolorum; Melito of Sardis, Peri Pascha) as well as St. Paul’s words to the Christians at Corinth (1 Cor. 5:8) indicate that the Paschal Feast was the earliest annual celebration shared by the Faithful. Thus, this week is a good opportunity for us to seek wisdom from the […]
“Orbiting Christ: Belonging, Believing, Behaving” is the title for the online conference we are planning for June. We are still working to finalize the dates, based on the availability of our leadership. Potential dates for the conference are June 1-3, 2021 OR a series of Tuesdays: June 1, 8, and 15.The “three BEs” of the […]
Traditionally the catechumenal process divides into four phases with a variety of names. Paul Galbreath in Leading through the Water uses these: Inquiry; Preparation; Baptism; Reflection. The period of Inquiry/Seeking/Pre-catechumenate allows those curious about the Christian faith to find out what it is all about and to explore a potential relationship with the church. Early […]
What people say about FormingLutherans.org
The church knows ritual shapes its life. Yet, ongoing changes in worship compel us to better understand how. Forming Lutherans provides answers through ethnographic and qualitative research, testing the power of ritual in real-life congregations, leaders, and individuals.
The research, reflection, speaking, and writing of Drs. Schuler and Burreson provide keen insights and practical applications to pastors and congregations as they seek to teach the baptized to hold fast to all our Heavenly Father has given us through, Jesus, the Word of Truth (John 17:17).
The thorough catechetical process advocated by FormingLutherans is absolutely necessary for making disciples who are prepared to answer the challenges that the modern culture presents. This FormingLutherans project has proven invaluable in assisting our congregation, Grace Lutheran, St. Petersburg, FL, in accomplishing that all important task.
Forming Lutherans holistically focuses on evangelization, catechesis, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper. It will help your congregation to be both ancient and postmodern as all the baptized are involved in forming disciples for Jesus Christ by joining them to Christ and his life.
Because effective catechesis shapes a person’s total being, I heartily endorse “Forming Lutherans.” We do believe the Spirit is at work wherever the Gospel is present, don’t we?
All those who are to be baptized, both men and women, sit closely around the bishop … beginning with Genesis he goes through the whole Scripture … [teaching] not only about the Resurrection but also concerning the body of faith. This is called catechetics.
I knew well that visual testimony [of your baptism] is more trustworthy than mere hearsay and therefore I awaited this chance of finding you more amenable to my words, so that out of your personal experience I could lead you into the brighter and more fragrant meadow of Paradise of earth.