Family Faith Formation: Practices and Approaches

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May, 2020

Family Faith Formation: Practices and Approaches

Instructor: Leif Kehrwald

Family Faith Formation explores how churches can strengthen the family faith forming environment by focusing on family faith practice at home, family-involving church activities, and parent/grandparent formation. This course presents strategies and approaches for helping parents and grandparents grow in faith and discipleship; teaching parents and grandparents the practices for forming faith at home (celebrating rituals and milestones, praying, serving, learning the Christian faith, reading the Bible); providing faith forming experiences at church—learning, worship, service, and more; and connecting with families at home through online platforms.

Course Topics

  • Practices and Approaches for Family Faith Formation

  • Developing a Plan for Family Faith Formation

  • Designing Family Faith Formation Programming

  • Resources for Family Faith Formation


Week #1: Live Presentation: Thursday, May 7 at 12 noon Eastern time (90 minutes)

Week #2: Online Learning Session: Week of May 11

Week #3: Online Learning Session: Week of May 18

Week #4: Live Discussion: Thursday, May 28 at 12 noon or 7 pm Eastern time (60 minutes)

Leif Kehrwald has worked in family ministry and faith formation on the local, regional, and national levels for more than forty years. Currently he serves as Parish Pastoral Administrator for St. Charles Catholic Church in Portland, OR. Prior to this he served on the staff of Vibrant Faith and the Center for Ministry Development. Leif has published several books and numerous articles on family life, family ministry, marriage, and youth ministry. He served as General Editor of The Catholic Faith and Family Bible (HarperOne, 2010). Leif has taught courses on family ministry, parish partnership and family spirituality at Dominican University (Chicago), Loyola University (Chicago), University of Dayton, and Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon.

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For complete information about the Vibrant Faith Institute, visit: https://www.vibrantfaith.org/vfi/

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