Bringing the Faith Formation 2020 Scenarios to Life UUA General Assembly Charlotte, North Carolina June 23, 2011
Three Overarching Questions <ul><li>What could faith formation </li></ul><ul><li>in churches look like in 2020? </li></ul>
Three Overarching Questions <ul><li>Specifically, how can congregations provide vibrant faith formation to address the spi...
Three Overarching Questions <ul><li>How can churches envision the shape of faith formation in the year 2020 and design ini...
<ul><li>Declining number of Christians and growing number of people with no religious affiliation. </li></ul><ul><li>Incre...
<ul><li>Increasing influence of individualism on Christian identity and community life </li></ul><ul><li>Changing patterns...
<ul><li>15% of all Americans claim no religious affiliation  </li></ul><ul><li>25% of all 18-29 year </li></ul><ul><li>10%...
<ul><li>Today, 18% of 18-39 year olds say that are “spiritual, but not religious” compared to only 11% a decade ago.  </li...
<ul><li>“Membership growth in UUA slows down”  UU World May 11, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>“UUA membership declines for second...
<ul><li>Diversity of ethnic cultures and nationalities </li></ul><ul><li>No single authority exercises supremacy; no singl...
<ul><li>Religious identity is more autonomous and deliberate today. </li></ul><ul><li>Decline in the perceived necessity o...
<ul><li>Delaying marriage </li></ul><ul><li>Having fewer children and later in life </li></ul><ul><li>Decreasing number of...
<ul><li>Parent Influence: The single most important social influence on the religious and spiritual lives of adolescents i...
<ul><li>On Jan. 1, 2011, the oldest Baby Boomers will turn 65. Every day for the next 19 years, about 10,000 more will cro...
<ul><li>93% of teens & young adults are online </li></ul><ul><li>“ Computer in your pocket” - increasing mobile access - i...
<ul><li>Scenarios are built around critical uncertainties about the external environment. That is, the stories are based o...
<ul><li>Will trends in U.S. culture lead people to become  more receptive  to organized religion, and in particular Christ...
Four Scenarios
<ul><li>Shifting from. . .  </li></ul><ul><li>“ One Size Fits All” Curriculum & Programming </li></ul><ul><li>to  </li></u...
<ul><li>A  Lifelong Faith Formation Network  addresses the diverse life tasks and situations, spiritual and religious need...
<ul><li>A  Lifelong Faith Formation Network  guides individuals and families in discerning their spiritual and religious n...
<ul><li>A  Lifelong Faith Formation Network  incorporates informal learning, as well as formal learning in faith formation...
<ul><li>A  Lifelong Faith Formation Network  utilizes a variety of faith formation models to address the diverse life task...
<ul><li>A  Lifelong Faith Formation Network  blends face-to-face, interactive faith formation programs and activities with...
<ul><li>A  Lifelong Faith Formation Network  incorporates communities of practice to connect individuals and groups throug...
Designing a Lifelong Faith Formation Network <ul><li>Form a Lifelong Faith Formation Network Task Force. </li></ul><ul><li...
Designing a Lifelong Faith Formation Network <ul><li>Describe the diverse life tasks and situations, spiritual and religio...
Designing a Lifelong Faith Formation Network <ul><li>Design new initiatives to address the new spiritual and religious in ...
Designing a Lifelong Faith Formation Network <ul><li>Develop an online faith formation center for connecting people to eac...
<ul><li>Faith Formation through the Life of the Whole Church </li></ul><ul><li>Faith Formation with Digital Media and Web ...
<ul><li>Milestones Faith Formation </li></ul><ul><li>Faith Formation in Christian Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Transforming ...
<ul><li>Apprenticeships in Discipleship  </li></ul><ul><li>Pathways to Vibrant Faith and Active Engagement  </li></ul><ul>...
Strategies for Each Scenario <ul><li>#1: Vibrant Faith & Active Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation through the l...
Strategies for Each Scenario <ul><li>#1: Vibrant Faith & Active Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Milestones faith formation </...
Strategies for Each Scenario <ul><li>#2: Spiritual but Not Religious </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation through the life of...
Strategies for Each Scenario <ul><li>#2: Spiritual but Not Religious </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual formation </li></ul><ul><...
Strategies for Each Scenario <ul><li>#3: Unaffiliated and Uninterested </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation for spiritual see...
Strategies for Each Scenario <ul><li>#4: Participating but Uncommitted </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation through the life ...
Strategies for Each Scenario <ul><li>#4: Participating but Uncommitted </li></ul><ul><li>Milestones faith formation </li><...
Strategies in Multiple Scenarios <ul><li>Faith Formation using Digital Media and Web Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Milest...
Web Resources <ul><li>www.lifelongfaith.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.faithformation2020.net </li></ul><ul><li>www.faithformat...
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  1. 1. Bringing the Faith Formation 2020 Scenarios to Life UUA General Assembly Charlotte, North Carolina June 23, 2011
  2. 2. Three Overarching Questions <ul><li>What could faith formation </li></ul><ul><li>in churches look like in 2020? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Three Overarching Questions <ul><li>Specifically, how can congregations provide vibrant faith formation to address the spiritual and religious needs of all ages and generations over the next ten years? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Three Overarching Questions <ul><li>How can churches envision the shape of faith formation in the year 2020 and design initiatives to respond proactively to the challenges and opportunities in the second decade of the twenty-first century? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Declining number of Christians and growing number of people with no religious affiliation. </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing number of people becoming more “spiritual” and less “religious” </li></ul><ul><li>Declining participation in Christian churches </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing diversity and pluralism in U.S. society </li></ul>Driving Forces
  6. 6. <ul><li>Increasing influence of individualism on Christian identity and community life </li></ul><ul><li>Changing patterns of marriage and family life </li></ul><ul><li>Declining family religious socialization </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing use of digital age & web technologies </li></ul>Driving Forces
  7. 7. <ul><li>15% of all Americans claim no religious affiliation </li></ul><ul><li>25% of all 18-29 year </li></ul><ul><li>10% drop in the number of Christians </li></ul><ul><li>The challenge to Christianity in the U.S. does not come from other religions but from a rejection of all forms of organized religion. </li></ul>Driving Forces 1. Declining number of Christians & growing number with no religious affiliation
  8. 8. <ul><li>Today, 18% of 18-39 year olds say that are “spiritual, but not religious” compared to only 11% a decade ago. </li></ul><ul><li>Religious tinkering & developing a religious or spiritual identity </li></ul>Driving Forces 2. Increasing number of people becoming more “Spiritual” and less “Religious”
  9. 9. <ul><li>“Membership growth in UUA slows down” UU World May 11, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>“UUA membership declines for second year” UU World April 12, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>“UUA membership declines again” </li></ul><ul><li>UU World May 23, 2011 </li></ul>Driving Forces 3. Declining Participation in Churches
  10. 10. <ul><li>Diversity of ethnic cultures and nationalities </li></ul><ul><li>No single authority exercises supremacy; no single belief or ideology dominations </li></ul><ul><li>Tapestry of religious and spiritual alternatives and choices </li></ul><ul><li>Crisscrossing religious boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>“ Spiritual tinkerers” </li></ul>Driving Forces 4. Increasing Diversity & Pluralism in U.S. Society
  11. 11. <ul><li>Religious identity is more autonomous and deliberate today. </li></ul><ul><li>Decline in the perceived necessity of communal or institutional structures as constituent of religious identity. </li></ul>Driving Forces 5. Influence of Individualism on Christian Identity and Community
  12. 12. <ul><li>Delaying marriage </li></ul><ul><li>Having fewer children and later in life </li></ul><ul><li>Decreasing number of children in two-parent households </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing number of unmarried couples living together </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing time caring for children </li></ul>Driving Forces 6. Changing Structures & Patterns of Family Life in the U.S.
  13. 13. <ul><li>Parent Influence: The single most important social influence on the religious and spiritual lives of adolescents is their parents. </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded Family Religious Practices: Effective religious socialization comes about through specific religious activities that are firmly intertwined with the daily habits of family life. </li></ul>Driving Forces 7. Declining Family Religious Socialization
  14. 14. <ul><li>On Jan. 1, 2011, the oldest Baby Boomers will turn 65. Every day for the next 19 years, about 10,000 more will cross that threshold. </li></ul><ul><li>By 2030, when all Baby Boomers will have turned 65, fully 18% of the nation’s population will be at least that age (13% today) </li></ul><ul><li>We are witnessing the emergence of a new stage of life between adult midlife–typically focused on career and child-rearing–and old age, traditionally marked by increasing frailty and decline. </li></ul>Driving Forces 7 ½. Aging Baby Boomers
  15. 15. <ul><li>93% of teens & young adults are online </li></ul><ul><li>“ Computer in your pocket” - increasing mobile access - iPhone </li></ul><ul><li>8-18 year olds spend on average 7½ hours a day with media </li></ul>Driving Forces 8. Increasing Impact of Digital Media & Web Technologies
  16. 16. <ul><li>Scenarios are built around critical uncertainties about the external environment. That is, the stories are based on different outcomes of a few key uncertainties that are both most important to the future of faith formation in congregations and most uncertain in terms of future outcome. </li></ul>Four Scenarios
  17. 17. <ul><li>Will trends in U.S. culture lead people to become more receptive to organized religion, and in particular Christianity or will trends lead people to become more resistant to organized religion and Christianity? </li></ul><ul><li>Will people’s hunger for and openness to God and the spiritual life increase over the next decade or will people’s hunger for and openness to God and the spiritual life decrease . </li></ul>Two Critical Uncertainties
  18. 18. Four Scenarios
  19. 19. <ul><li>Shifting from. . . </li></ul><ul><li>“ One Size Fits All” Curriculum & Programming </li></ul><ul><li>to </li></ul><ul><li>Personalized & Customized Faith Formation </li></ul><ul><li>focusing on addressing people’s spiritual and religious growth by offering a wide variety of religious content and experiences </li></ul><ul><li>“ Differentiated Faith Formation” </li></ul>Lifelong Faith Formation Network
  20. 20. <ul><li>A Lifelong Faith Formation Network addresses the diverse life tasks and situations, spiritual and religious needs, and interests of all ages and generations in the four scenarios by offering a variety of content, programs, activities, and resources. </li></ul>Lifelong Faith Formation Network
  21. 21. <ul><li>A Lifelong Faith Formation Network guides individuals and families in discerning their spiritual and religious needs and creating personal learning pathways—a seasonal or annual plan for faith growth and learning. </li></ul>Lifelong Faith Formation Network
  22. 22. <ul><li>A Lifelong Faith Formation Network incorporates informal learning, as well as formal learning in faith formation. </li></ul>Lifelong Faith Formation Network
  23. 23. <ul><li>A Lifelong Faith Formation Network utilizes a variety of faith formation models to address the diverse life tasks and situations, religious and spiritual needs, and interests of people: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>on your own </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>at home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in small groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in large groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in the congregation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in the community and world </li></ul></ul>Lifelong Faith Formation Network
  24. 24. <ul><li>A Lifelong Faith Formation Network blends face-to-face, interactive faith formation programs and activities with virtual, online faith formation programs, activities, and resources. </li></ul>Lifelong Faith Formation Network
  25. 25. <ul><li>A Lifelong Faith Formation Network incorporates communities of practice to connect individuals and groups throughout the congregation. </li></ul>Lifelong Faith Formation Network
  26. 26. Designing a Lifelong Faith Formation Network <ul><li>Form a Lifelong Faith Formation Network Task Force. </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare a statement of your church’s vision and goals for lifelong faith formation. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an inventory of your church’s current faith formation programs, activities, and resources using the four scenarios. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Designing a Lifelong Faith Formation Network <ul><li>Describe the diverse life tasks and situations, spiritual and religious needs, and interests of age groups and families in each of the four scenarios; and develop a profile of the most important needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Research people, programs, activities, and resources to address the priority life issues and spiritual/religious needs. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Designing a Lifelong Faith Formation Network <ul><li>Design new initiatives to address the new spiritual and religious in each of the four Faith Formation 2020 scenarios. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an Integrated plan for the Lifelong Faith Formation Network with all of the programs, activities, and resources organized according to the four scenarios and the six faith formation models. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Designing a Lifelong Faith Formation Network <ul><li>Develop an online faith formation center for connecting people to each other and to the resources of the Lifelong Faith Formation Network. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a marketing/promotion plan to promote the Lifelong Faith Formation Network. </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>Faith Formation through the Life of the Whole Church </li></ul><ul><li>Faith Formation with Digital Media and Web Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Family Faith Formation </li></ul><ul><li>Intergenerational Faith Formation </li></ul><ul><li>Generational Faith Formation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iGeneration (2000 - ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Millennials (1980-1999) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gen X (1964-1979) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boomers (1946-1964) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Builders (1945 and earlier) </li></ul></ul>Strategies
  31. 31. <ul><li>Milestones Faith Formation </li></ul><ul><li>Faith Formation in Christian Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Transforming the World </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Formation </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-Ethnic Faith Formation </li></ul><ul><li>Faith Formation for Spiritual Seekers </li></ul>Strategies
  32. 32. <ul><li>Apprenticeships in Discipleship </li></ul><ul><li>Pathways to Vibrant Faith and Active Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Faith Formation in Third Place Settings </li></ul><ul><li>Empowering the Community to Share their Faith </li></ul><ul><li>Interfaith Education and Dialogue </li></ul>Strategies
  33. 33. Strategies for Each Scenario <ul><li>#1: Vibrant Faith & Active Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation through the life of the whole church </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation with digital media and web technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Family faith formation </li></ul><ul><li>Intergenerational faith formation </li></ul><ul><li>Generational faith formation </li></ul>
  34. 34. Strategies for Each Scenario <ul><li>#1: Vibrant Faith & Active Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Milestones faith formation </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation in Christian practices </li></ul><ul><li>Transforming the world </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual formation </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-ethnic faith formation </li></ul><ul><li>Empowering the community to share their faith </li></ul><ul><li>Interfaith education and dialogue </li></ul>
  35. 35. Strategies for Each Scenario <ul><li>#2: Spiritual but Not Religious </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation through the life of the whole church </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation with digital media and web technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Family faith formation </li></ul><ul><li>Intergenerational faith formation </li></ul><ul><li>Generational faith formation </li></ul>
  36. 36. Strategies for Each Scenario <ul><li>#2: Spiritual but Not Religious </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual formation </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-ethnic faith formation </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation for spiritual seekers </li></ul><ul><li>Apprenticeships in discipleship </li></ul><ul><li>Pathways to vibrant faith & active engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation in Third-Place settings </li></ul>
  37. 37. Strategies for Each Scenario <ul><li>#3: Unaffiliated and Uninterested </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation for spiritual seekers </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation in Third-Place settings </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation with digital media and web technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Milestones faith formation </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation in Christian practices </li></ul><ul><li>Transforming the world </li></ul>
  38. 38. Strategies for Each Scenario <ul><li>#4: Participating but Uncommitted </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation through the life of the whole church </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation with digital media and web technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Family faith formation </li></ul><ul><li>Intergenerational faith formation </li></ul><ul><li>Generational faith formation </li></ul>
  39. 39. Strategies for Each Scenario <ul><li>#4: Participating but Uncommitted </li></ul><ul><li>Milestones faith formation </li></ul><ul><li>Faith formation in Christian practices </li></ul><ul><li>Transforming the world </li></ul><ul><li>Faith Formation for Spiritual Seekers </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-ethnic faith formation </li></ul><ul><li>Pathways to vibrant faith and dialogue </li></ul>
  40. 40. Strategies in Multiple Scenarios <ul><li>Faith Formation using Digital Media and Web Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Milestones Faith Formation </li></ul><ul><li>Faith Formation in Christian Practices </li></ul><ul><li>Transforming the World: Engagement in and Formation for Service and Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Family Faith Formation </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Formation </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-Ethnic Faith Formation </li></ul>
  41. 41. Web Resources <ul><li>www.lifelongfaith.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.faithformation2020.net </li></ul><ul><li>www.faithformationlearningexchange.net </li></ul>
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