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How Faith Grows in Children and Teens

Faith is mysterious. No matter what we do in church or at home, we can’t make faith happen. But, like a farmer, there’s much we can do to till the “soil” that faith grows in. 

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Must-Have Books for Your Children’s Ministry Library

Nothing reaches kids like a well-told story with eyeball-grabbing art. If it’s time for a refresh of your personal or church library, check out these beautiful faith-forming books.

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Faith Formation Resources at Your Fingertips

Ministry leaders spend hours planning and searching for creative ideas and resources. If you're one of those leaders, Faith Formation Ministries is here to help! 

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Making Profession of Faith a Day to Remember

Churches are doing many creative things to make a person’s profession of faith a day to remember. Faith Formation Ministries has gathered dozens of those ideas in the Professing Our Faith online toolkit.

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Souvenirs of Faith

We associate souvenirs with traveling, but we also keep them to remind us of faith milestones. A family baptism gown, a signed Bible—these things help us remember moments that shape our identity as people of God.

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Listening Like Jesus

Faith Formation Ministries has been working with churches to help strengthen faith storytelling practices. Our Faith Storytelling Toolkit lists dozens of practical ideas for shaping and sharing our faith stories.

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25 Faith Formation Benchmarks

Faith formation is an elusive term. How do we know if faith is being formed in children, teens, and adults, and does faith look the same for everyone?

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4 New Ways to Profess Our Faith

If it’s time for some new profession of faith practices in your congregation, here are four ideas to consider. 

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Professing Our Faith Toolkit

The Professing Our Faith toolkit offers practical, creative resources for encouraging a culture of commitment in your church, preparing people to profess their faith, and more. 

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  • Hi Jenifer,

    Eric is right--the CRC doesn't typically take official positions on books like this, but the Challies article is worth a read.

  • Hi Eric!  Check out "Ten Ways to Talk with Someone About Their Faith"--a one-page resource from Faith Formation Ministries. It includes ten great questions that prompt people to share faith...

    posted on: Devotion Ideas?
  • We're so glad it's helpful, Fran! You can share the link to this article with folks, and if they'd like paper copies of the Ten Ways tool you can order them from FaithAliveResources.org.

  • It's very different, Shaun. The Big Question incorporates faith formation practices into the study. You can view a sample of The Big Question here--look for the red "view sample" button. 

  • Sounds like you have a great system worked out, Keith! This Ten Ways tool was intended to help people think about how they can incorporate people of all abilities (including immigrants, refugees,...

  • This is great, Ruth! Can't wait to hear how it goes in your Together group this fall!

  • Beautiful, Jennifer! Thank you!

  • Great article! Also want to invite readers to check out the Faith Storytelling toolkit from Faith Formation Ministries . . . it offers dozens of practical, doable ways to shape and share ...

  • Beautiful, Angela! I would really love to see that video and include it in Faith Formation Ministries' Faith Storytelling toolkit so other churches can see it too. If you're willing, send it to me...