Treasures Old and New: A Workshop on Adult Faith Formation
What: A Continuing Education opportunity sponsored by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
When: August 15 to 17, 2022
Where: Faith Lutheran Church, Huntsville, TX
Registration deadline: August 1, 2022
Leaders: Dr. Kent Burreson and Dr. Rhoda Schuler
Pastors and congregational leaders in The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) face new missional challenges in the post-Christian context in which we now live. This workshop will introduce participants to a model of adult faith formation and discipleship with roots in the catechumenal practices of the early church. Through presentations by experts on faith formation and conversations with pastors who have developed successful adult faith formation, participants will explore new ways to form disciples through catechesis; to shape Christian identity through the biblical narrative and the sacramental life of the church; and to foster a habitus of hospitality in congregational life. This workshop seeks to develop a broader congregation approach toward adult faith formation. For those looking for the right “new program” to revitalize a congregation, this workshop may not be for you. Instead, this workshop emphasizes faith formation as a process and a journey that can be flexibly designed for any parish context. Pastors at three different exemplar parishes will share their experiences with participants. Through this workshop participants will see how faith formation practices can revitalize parish life as the whole congregation participates in shaping the faith and life of new Christians.