Intentional Faith Development occurs at every age and stage of life. From the cradle to the grave, our knowledge and experience of God is being shaped. Discipleship is a life-long process of learning and growing in Christ.
Intentional Faith Development can occur in a traditional classroom learning environment (Sunday school classes, Bible study); through enriching personal relationships (small groups, mentors); or through interactive and hands-on experiences (camps, retreats). Growing as a disciple of Christ is more than attending a class or reading a book! The most formative faith practices engage the mind, the heart, and the body.
Intentional Faith Development is often organized in age-level groups, but can also be effective through intergenerational ministries. On these pages, you will find Faith Formation opportunities for both.
“Churches that practice Intentional Faith Development offer high quality learning experiences that help people understand Scripture, faith, and life in the supportive nurture of caring relationships.”
–Robert Schnase, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, p.62.
The General Board of Discipleship is one of The United Methodist Church’s primary resources for engaging ministry in our local churches. Another UM-related resource is The Upper Room which provides books, online resources, and events for Discipleship and Faith Formation of all ages.