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Lifelong Christian Formation
Christian formation is a life-long, transforming process through which the stories, traditions, rituals and insights of the faith community become integrated into every aspect of an individual's life. All life experiences are occasions of formation which have the potential to deepen our experiences of God and relationships with others.
The Lifelong Christian Formation Committee in the Diocese of Indianapolis serves to promote lifelong growth in the knowledge, service and love of God as followers of Christ as outlined by the Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation adopted at General Convention 2009. The committee meets one or more times a year for networking and training purposes and also encourages participation and leadership in broader diocesan Christian formation events.
Contact: Heidi Kauffman, Religious Education Coordinator for St. John's, Lafayette, serves as Chair of the Lifelong Christian Formation Committee.
Lifelong Christian Formation Resources...
Resources for planning, studying, for evaluating, for assistance in the process of Lifelong Christian Formation—you'll find some of each and more in this section.
Downloadable documents to use in selecting and planning your parish curriculum.
Lay Leadership Grants are available for any lay church member personally involved, or planning to be involved, in a specific ministry for their congregation or the Diocese. Funding assistance for workshops, conferences, or specialized ministry training.
The Diocese of Indianapolis is committed to providing support for educational ministries in congregations and opportunities for individuals to be more fully informed in their faith. A variety of diocesan-wide programs are offered each year. Continuing education grants for laity are also available.
Education for Ministry (EFM) is an intensive lay ministry education program offered by the Seminary of the South at Sewanee. EFM groups meet in every region of the diocese.
The Congregational Resource Center (CRC) at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) is an ecumenical resource center supported and operated by seven ecclesiastical judicatories including the Diocese of Indianapolis.