Formation Leader Resources

formation

noun | for • ma • tion | fȯr-ˈmā-shən
the act of giving form or shape to something or of taking form

For a long time, the church has used language of “Christian education,” and the phrase “Christian formation” is a relatively recent addition to our church vocabulary.  What difference does it make that we talk about formation instead of education at FPC?

“Education” suggests that there’s an end point.  It implies that you’ll have it all figured out after you’ve been through Confirmation or attended a certain number of Sunday morning classes or memorized the books of the Bible.  As someone who facilitates a formation class, study, or group at FPC, you know that this is not the case.

There’s not an end point to being a Christian.  Faith is process-focused rather than results-focused.  This is where you come in.  Your leadership helps people learn how to navigate the life of faith – its stops and starts, questions and doubts, getting it wrong and trying again.  We’re always growing.   We always have more to learn about who God is and who we are.  We are – by the grace of God and the work of the Spirit – in the process of becoming.

We hope the resources on this page will help your personal formation and your preparations for leading formation offerings at FPC.

*Contact Tanya Gaspar for password access.

Teaching Tip of the Month

“Our heritage of witnessing as storytellers, faith-sharers, and God-sharers goes back for centuries and centuries. Think about the persons who went before us as witnesses to the story, a part of our heritage.” (Delia Halverson, 32 Ways to Become a Great Sunday School Teacher, p. 56)

As teachers we sometimes get into patterns and forget to think about how we approach our classes. In telling and re-telling the biblical story we are people who testify to the truth, power, and inspiration of the scriptures. Take a moment to think about someone who helped shape your understanding of scripture. What were 2-3 key traits of their teaching? Was one of them central to your grasping the Word of God? Pause for a moment of prayer thanking God for that person and the effect of their witness. Ask for such a quality that your sharing would be strengthened.

Teaching Tips Archive

General Scriptural Resources

Multimedia

  • The Work of the People – Videos with noted theologians on theological topics. Videos depicting scriptural passages
  • Wing Clips – Links to movie clips indexed by topic
  • Brick Testament – Familiar stories depicted with legos
  • Busted Halo – Catholic based resource written by and for young adults providing videos on various topics
  • Adam 4d.com – A curiously Christian webcomic
  • Faith and Film – Resource from Union Pres. Sem. linking topics and films
  • Bible Emojis – Bible passages in emojis
  • Visual Parables – Connections between movies and Scripture
  • Bible Videos – Passages depicted in video

Non-Digital Resources

  • FPC Church Library – Use computer in the library to search for books; no password required
  • Feasting on the Word (FPC Library) – Commentary by lectionary day
    Commentary for each Gospel
  • Interpretation Series (FPC Library) – Commentary by book of Bible
  • Union Presbytery Resource Center – 5141 Sharon Road, Anne Rankowitz, 980-636-1700 x 680, arankowitz@upsem.edu (Thurs. 12:00-4:30, Fri. 8:30-12:30 or by appointment)

Topics for Study

Adults

Youth

Children