A CULTURE OF LIFELONG FAITH FORMATIONModels and Practices
A Culture of Lifelong Faith Formation
Models and Practices
WHAT IS AN INNOVATION LAB?
Innovation Lab Workshops are one-day, interactive workshops designed to help teams create new projects in Christian faith formation.
Each Innovation Lab focuses on one element of Christian lifelong faith formation—intergenerational, family, children and youth, adult, missional, or digital—and helps leaders and teams design new strategies, programs, and activities to implement in your congregation.
WHAT IS PROVIDED?
A Vibrant Faith Innovation Lab Instructor for an on-site workshop
Online support and networking with leadership teams
Online tools and resources
Vibrant Faith Innovation Lab Instructors are national leaders in faith formation with specialized knowledge and skills for their Innovation Labs. Our presenters have years of experience in educating leaders, writing and developing faith formation resources, and speaking at conferences and offer up-to-date practices and insight on faith formation in the 21st Century.
…is to design and implement a new initiative that has the potential of being transformative for your faith community.
COSTS | WHAT’S INCLUDED
The fee for sponsoring an Innovation Lab is $1,500.
This cost covers all of the services listed above: the instructor, online support and networking, and online tools and resources. Travel and housing for the instructor are an additional cost. Each Innovation Lab includes a participant book ($15) that is an additional cost that can be added to the registration fee. Vibrant Faith also prepares a Program Guide that sponsors will need to copy and provide for each participant.
Innovation Lab Workshops
Digitally Enabled and Connected Faith Formation for All Ages
Engaging All God's People: Missional Faith Formation
The Missional Faith Formation Lab explores research on the lives and needs of the unaffiliated and uninvolved. Discover models and examples of missional faith formation—outreach, relationship building, and faith experiences—that you can use in your congregation and community. Learn how to design projects and initiatives to connect with the unaffiliated and uninvolved. Discover models and examples of missional pathways for people to consider or reconsider the Christian faith, to encounter Jesus and the Good News, and to live as disciples in a faith community. Learn how to design missional pathways for the people in your community.
Faith Formation for a New Generation of Children and Adolescents
Faith Formation for the Seasons of Adulthood
Families at the Center of Faith Formation
The Family Innovation Lab is guided by the conviction that families are at the center of Christian faith formation; that parents and the family are the most powerful influence for virtually every child and youth outcome. Discover how to use eight foundational strategies for family faith formation:
- Discovering God in everyday life
- Forming faith at home through the life cycle
- Forming faith through milestones
- Celebrating seasonal events through the year
- Encountering God in the Bible through the year
- Connecting families intergenerationally
- Developing a strong family life
- Empowering parents and grandparents as faith formers.
Each leadership team will design and implement one or more strategies to create new or enhanced programming that engages families at church, at home, and in the community.
Generations Together: Intergenerational Faith Formation
Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century
Sponsoring an Innovation Lab Workshop
An Innovation Lab can be sponsored by a regional church body (diocese, synod, district, conference, presbytery), by a retreat or conference center, a regional group of churches, and/or by an educational institution. Innovation Labs can be focused on one Christian denomination or open to churches from a variety denominations.
To sponsor an Innovation Lab:
1. Select one or more of the Innovation Labs—you can combine programs into a multi-day conference by selecting different topics
2. Work with Vibrant Faith to set dates for the workshop(s)
3. Find a central site for the workshop(s) with a good adult meeting space and strong WiFi in the meeting rooms
4. Manage promotion, registration, and finances
5. Make copies of the Program Guide to share with participants
To schedule an Innovation Lab Workshop or for more information, please contact John Roberto, Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-232-1129.