Resources

Welcome! If you're looking for resources produced by Faith Formation Ministries, you've come to the right place. Just click on one of the following categories to open a list of what's available.

All of these resources have been designed with CRC churches in mind. And many of them were developed in collaboration with congregations like yours. We know you'll find great ideas for starting faith formation conversations in a wide range of ministries.

If you have questions about how to use any of these resources, or if you would like help meeting a faith formation challenge in your congregation, contact your FFM Regional Catalyzer for free consultations and coaching.

Children's Ministry

Contact Person

Mimi Larson, Children’s Ministry Catalyzer. Mimi can help you work through children’s ministry questions and challenges, including choosing curriculum, finding and training volunteers, building a strong program, and more. Email Mimi at mlarson@crcna.org.

Curriculum

  • Reviews of popular children’s ministry curriculum can be found in our Children’s Ministry Curriculum toolkit under the “Choosing Your Curriculum” tab.

  • A Ten Question Tool for Choosing Children’s Ministry Curriculum: download the tool here, or watch a video presentation on the content here.

Online Resource Toolkits

These resource collections provide dozens of easy, practical ministry ideas.

Handouts

Blogs

  • Subscribe to the “Faith Nurture,” “Sunday School,” and “Parenting” topics on The Network

Cohorts

Cohort FAQs

How do we join a cohort?

First gain the support of your church council and pastor. (Pastors may choose whether or not they wish to be part of the cohort team.) Cohort churches are selected by the FFM team through an application process.

Contact your Regional Catalyzer for information on how to apply, and watch for announcements in FFM’s monthly e-newsletter Faith Formation Matters (subscribe here).

What is the time commitment for our church?

Each cohort congregation signs a covenant that outlines the commitments. Each congregation’s team commits to the following:

  • meeting at least once a month
  • participating in two or more FFM-led roundtable discussions
  • connecting with their FFM coach at least once a month
  • sending at least two representatives of each cohort to the Worship Symposium at Calvin College in January, at which FFM holds special cohort meetings.

What are the expected outcomes of our participation?

Cohort churches will

  • gain an increased awareness of what shapes their congregation’s existing faith formation culture
  • come to better understand what a healthy grace-shaped culture looks like.
  • implement two or three significant, ongoing steps forward in cultivating practices that promise to form a stronger faith formation culture.
  • develop a vision and strategy for continuing this trajectory over the next five years.

Is there a financial commitment?  

The financial commitment for your church is minimal. Cohort congregations are asked to send at least two persons to the Calvin Worship Symposium in January. Each church receives four free registrations from FFM, but lodging, meals, and travel costs are the responsibility of the church. Each congregation is also requested to contribute approximately $1,000 to FFM, through an offering or whatever means the congregation chooses.

Current Cohort

Family Faith Formation Cohort

Led by Faith Formation Ministries’ regional catalyzers, this cohort explores creative ways to

  • equip families to grow in faith at home
  • build on existing family patterns and strengths
  • meaningfully connect home and church.

Questions?

Contact Laura Keeley (laurakeeley@crcna.org) or Lesli van Milligen (lvanmilligen@crcna.org)

Past Cohorts

Emerging Leaders and Seasoned Saints Cohort

In this cohort, ten congregations focused on faith formation for seasoned saints: people in the “third third” of life (60+ years old). An additional ten congregations focused on faith formation for emerging leaders (16 to 30 years old). Goals were to

  • identify the health of their congregational culture and their faith formation framework. n Explore how emerging leaders and people in the “third third” of life can be faithful to God’s call as they progress through life transitions.
  • discover concrete ways that these two demographics can become a significant support to each other’s faith walk.
  • discern what practices and programs are already working well to support these two groups.
  • experiment with two or three ways to further strengthen faith for these two groups.

Participant Churches

14th Street CRC, Holland MI

Emmanuel CRC, Calgary AB

Fellowship CRC, Grandville MI

First CRC, Taber AB

Fleetwood CRC, Surrey BC

Hope Fellowship CRC, Denver CO

Ladner CRC, Delta BC

Maranatha CRC, Lethbridge AB

Mount Hope CRC, Mount Hope ON

Oak Hills Church, Beaverton OR

Second CRC, Grand Haven MI

The Village Church, Thorold ON

Virtual South Ontario Young Adults Group

Links

Strengthening Your Faith Formation Culture Cohort

Participants identified and assessed the health of their congregation’s culture and the practices that shape it. They discerned which practices were best suited for strengthening their culture and experimented with two or three self-identified initiatives to strengthen their trajectory.

Participant Churches

All Nations CRC, Halifax NS

Anaheim CRC, Anaheim CA

Ancaster CRC, Ancaster ON

Bellevue CRC, Bellevue WA

Bethel CRC, Sioux Center IA

Community CRC, Kitchener ON

Corsica CRC, Corsica SD

Covenant CRC, Sioux Center IA

First CRC, Grand Rapids MI

Granite Springs Church, Lincoln CA

Immanuel CRC, Hamilton ON

Jubilee Fellowship Church, St. Catherines ON

Meadowlands Fellowship CRC, Ancaster ON

Nelson Avenue Community Church, Burnaby BC

New Life CRC, Guelph ON

Olympia CRC, WA

South Grandville CRC, Grandville, MI

Valley CRC, Binghamton, NY

Building Blocks of Faith Cohort

The Building Blocks of Faith serve as a framework for strengthening cradle to grave discipleship for congregations. This cohort helped refine the Building Blocks concept and generated ideas and resources for inclusion in the Building Blocks of Faith toolkit.  

Participant Churches

Bethel CRC, Princeton, MN

Cornerstone CRC, Chilliwack, BC

Covenant CRC, Edmonton, AB

Covenant CRC, Winnipeg, MB

Friendship CRC, Toronto, ON

Hillcrest CRC, Denver, CO

Immanuel CRC, Brampton, ON

Mosaic House, Edmonton AB

Sonlight CRC, Lynden, WA

Spring Lake CRC, Spring Lake, MI

Trinity CRC, Abbotsford, BC

Woody Nook CRC, Lacombe, AB

Family Resources

The Family Faith Formation Toolkit

If you're a ministry leader looking to strengthen family faith formation in your congregation or a parent or caregiver wondering how to build your family's faith at home, check out our Family Faith Formation toolkit.

Everyday Family Faith

This pocket-sized resource is for parents who want to weave faith into everyday family life in simple, natural ways. For each day of the week it provides fun, do-able ideas and activities for exploring small portions of Scripture, praying together, talking about God together, and living out faith.

Ten Ways to Help Your Family Grow in Faith

For many Christian parents and caregivers, the idea of helping children grow in faith is intimidating. We ask ourselves questions like these: “What if I mess up and teach them something wrong?” “How can I do this when my own faith is wavering?” or “I didn’t grow up as a Christian. What if I don’t know enough?”

Before you do anything else, exhale. Family faith formation is a journey, not a destination, and growing in faith is an adventure, not a checklist. Along that journey there will be moments of discovery and joy, hard times, and times of confusion. But your guide on this adventure is none other than the Holy Spirit—so embrace the journey!

"Ten Ways to Help Your Family Grow in Faith" gives parents ten affirming tips for beginning a journey of family faith formation in everyday life. 

The Baptism of Children: A Guide for Parents

If you're planning a baptism or are curious about the Christian Reformed Church's stance on infant baptism, this free booklet is a great resource. It also includes a brief list of resources that can help parents nurture their children's spiritual life.

Intergenerational Resources

Contact Person

Contact your Regional Catalyzer to brainstorm about intergenerational ministry challenges and opportunities in your congregation.

Online Resource Toolkit

This resource collection provides dozens of easy, practical ministry ideas.

Handouts

Events

Blogs

New Believers

Resources for New Believers

The following list was compiled by team members of Faith Formation Ministries and Resonate Global Missions in response to requests from churches. Feel free to share it!

From Faith Formation Ministries Resources

From Faith Alive Resources

From Back to God Ministries International

  • Reframe Media’s half-hour weekly audio program Groundwork digs deeply into Scripture as a foundation for people's lives.

Other Resources We Recommend

Discipleship Group Resources

  • Come and See . . . Our World Belongs to God is a discipleship manual based on the Contemporary Testimony Our World Belongs to God written and designed by CRC Pastor Sid Couperus for high school students, new believers, small groups, and followers of Jesus.
  • Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation.
  • Christianity Explored (CE). CE uses a similar format to Alpha (invitation, food, talk, discussion) where guests are welcomed unconditionally and encouraged to ask any question or offer any opinion without judgment. It involves a 7-week journey through the gospel of Mark, including a day away. It originated in a church in London, England, All Souls, Langham Place under the leadership of John Stott. Can be a great follow-up to Alpha.
  • Companions: Accompanying Newcomers Into Church Life and Faith
  • The Gospel Centered Life by Robert H. Thune and Will Walker
  • The Jesus Questions by CRC pastor Sam Gutierrez. From Syd Hielema: Our small group did this together, and we were richly blessed by it. It's appropriate for both long-term and new believers.
  • Reframe: Connecting Faith and Life
  • Visit buildfaith.org/adult-discipleship and buildfaith.org/adult-catechumenate for a great listing of adult discipleship courses, programs, and books.
  • The Bible Project has produced excellent animated videos that introduce and give context for each book of the Bible. Also available are podcasts and study guides that explore the Bible's unified story. 

Books for Seekers and New Christians

Resources that Equip People to Disciple Others

Ten Ways Tools

This popular and growing series of one-page resources shares ten easy, practical ideas that provide a springboard for conversation, training, and planning around various faith formation challenges. 

General Faith Formation

Family Faith Formation

Children and Teens

Intergenerational Ministry

Ministry Leadership

Justice and Inclusion

Korean Translations Available

다음 Ten Ways 자료들은 한국어로 번역되어 있습니다:  (다른 자료들도 번역되고 있습니다)

Spanish Translations Available

Toolkits

What is a toolkit, and how do I use it?

Our toolkits are online resource collections that provide dozens of easy, practical ministry ideas. We compile them with an eye for what might work well in a CRC church, then organize them so you can easily find resources and ideas that fit your needs.

Available Toolkits

The Building Blocks of Faith toolkit

An online resource collection that introduces the four Building Blocks of Faith (I Belong, I Know, I Have Hope, I Am Called and Equipped) and provides resources for using them to strengthen faith formation in worship, in congregational programs, and at home.

 

 

Children's Ministry toolkit

In this toolkit you'll find hundreds of ideas for building a strong, vibrant children's ministry in your church and addressing the challenges that arise. 

 

 

 

Faith Storytelling toolkit

An online resource collection designed to help your church develop a storytelling culture in which sharing faith stories becomes a deep, rich, natural pathway to growing together in Christ.

 

 

 

The Family Faith Formation toolkit

If you're a ministry leader looking to strengthen family faith formation in your congregation or a parent or caregiver wondering how to build your family's faith at home, check out our Family Faith Formation toolkit.

 

 

The Intergenerational Church toolkit

An online resource collection that encourages and equips churches to live as God’s family by building relationships between all ages.

 

 

 

Professing Our Faith toolkit

An online resource collection that helps your church craft profession of faith practices that encourage members of your congregation to publicly share their love of and commitment to Jesus with the community of believers in Christ.

 

 

Welcoming Children to the Lord's Supper toolkit

Whether you’re a congregation that has been welcoming children to the table for a long time or a congregation that’s just beginning to explore what including children might mean for your church, this toolkit is for you.

 

 

Pastor's Spiritual Vitality Toolkit

The Pastors' Spiritual Vitality toolkit is a new way to help nurture life with God. It’s designed for and by pastors to strengthen you on this journey, but many of the resources are easily adapted to support your ministry leaders and congregations as well. Inside you'll find assessment tools, suggestions for developing life-giving rhythms and practices, and much more.

Webinars

Spiritual Characteristics of Teens Part One

Anyone who parents teens or works with them knows that they are a diverse group whose spiritual growth varies widely. Listen and learn from this webinar that took place on October 10 and looks at the spiritual characteristics of teens. View the webinar recording here.

 

Spiritual Characteristics of Teens Part Two

In part two of this webinar series, we look deeply into what makes teens "tick" spiritually and how that impacts them, their families, and the church's ministries. Webinar lead by Ron deVries and Arek O'Connell. View the webinar recording here.

 

Workshops

Check out the list below to see the workshops offered by the FFM team. Contact your Regional Catalyzer or email us at faithformation@crcna.org for more information.

The Building Blocks of Faith: Four Needs Your Church Must Meet

What do people of all ages need in order for their faith to grow? This workshop identifies four simple spiritual needs that children, teens, and adults share. Understanding these four needs can have a life-changing impact on ALL your church’s ministries.

Faith at Home: Supporting Families on Their Spiritual Journey  

Research points to parents as the most significant religious influence in the faith lives of kids. But are we equipping and encouraging families well? In this session we’ll focus on key ways to support families and look at top resources for doing so.

Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church

The Fuller Youth Institute’s 2016 book Growing Young profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year-olds and as a result are growing—spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically—in a way that breathes life into the whole church. This workshop introduces six strategies to help your church begin “growing young.”

Telling Our Faith Stories

Sharing stories of God at work in our lives deepens the faith of those who tell the stories and those who hear them. This workshop will explore ways to help your church become a community where storytelling is a deep, rich, natural pathway to a growing faith.

Understanding Congregational Culture

Churches whose leaders want to enact deep, lasting change are often met by resistance, fear, and a sense of loss. Before making changes in your church, it’s important to understand how your congregation’s culture develops and grows. In this workshop participants learn to use a variety of lenses and tools to describe their congregational culture and navigate change within that context.  

Psalm 92 Congregations: Discipleship in the “Third Third” of Life

The average lifespan is increasing while congregations in general are aging. How might we honor these realities by becoming Psalm 92 congregations among whom the Lord’s people “bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green?” (Ps. 92:14)

Faith Formation Fundamentals That Can Transform a Congregation

“Faith formation” sounds like a great thing, but it’s hard to pin down. What are the fundamentals of faith formation, and what congregational practices honor those fundamentals well?

Shaping the Heart: Reflections on Personal Faith Life

How do we mature in faith? How does the intersection between God’s leading and our faithful response work? How might we become more more intentional in “working out our own salvation with fear and trembling, as the Lord works within” (Phil. 2:12-13)?

Youth Ministry

For more, see this site’s Youth Ministry page.

Contact People

  • Ron deVries, Youth Ministry Catalyzer (rondevries@crcna.org)
  • Youth Ministry Champions: Faith Formation Ministries oversees a growing network of Youth Ministry Champions, one for every CRC Classis. Each champion works to empower and encourage those working on the frontlines of congregational youth ministry.

Books

Curriculum

Handouts

Webinars

  • Spiritual Characteristics of Teens Part One - Anyone who parents teens or works with them knows that they are a diverse group whose spiritual growth varies widely. Listen and learn from this webinar that took place on October 10 and looks at the spiritual characteristics of teens. View the webinar recording here.
  • Spiritual Characteristics of Teens Part Two - In part two of this webinar series, we look deeply into what makes teens "tick" spiritually and how that impacts them, their families, and the church's ministries. Webinar lead by Ron deVries and Arek O'Connell. View the webinar recording here.

Blogs