Faith formation doesn't just happen—it's a Spirit-led lifelong process of shaping and reshaping.
In this accessible anthology, twelve experts share their perspectives on faith formation at home, in worship, in education, in intergenerational contexts, in people with developmental disabilities, and more.
Indispensable reading for pastors, church leaders, education committees, parents, and educators.
Includes a foreword by Timothy Brown, President of Western Theological Seminary. Other contributors include Holly Catterton Allen, Sarah Arthur, Elizabeth F. Caldwell, Erik W. Carter, Robbie Fox Castleman, David M. Csinos, Fred P. Edie, Syd Hielema, Robert J. Keeley, Kevin E. Lawson, Marian R. Plant, and Don C. Richter.
"Shaped by God is a terrific new resource that blends 21st century thinking in faith formation with effective practices to enhance every congregation's faith formation efforts. The 12 chapters live up to their billing—they present "essentials" for faith formation today by by offering a comprehensive vision that includes worship and sacraments, Christian practicies, family and intergenerational approaches, spirituality, and the postmodern context, among its themes. Church staff and faith formation leaders should take the time to study and discuss the chapters in this book and use the authors' wisdom to develop strategies for strengthening and expanding their faith formation with all generations in the congregation and at home." —John Roberto, LifelongFaith Associates; Editor, Lifelong Faith Journal
"Shaped by God is a helpful, faithful collection of short, introductory essays on faith faith formation or Christian nurture highly recommended for beginners." —(Rev. Dr.) John Westerhoff, retired Episcopal priest and Duke University professor of theology and Christian nurture
"Shaped by God gathers into one book the central insights of many of today's most important Protestant leaders in faith formation. Excellent essays on a variety of approaches will be helpful to Christian educators in schools, congregations, colleges, and seminaries— and will remind them and other readers of the vital importance of their work." —Dorothy C. Bass, Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith