The Church’s catechetical mission aims to help adults of all ages to grow in both human and Christian maturity. Our Adult Formation group aims to enrich a person’s whole life in accordance with the Gospel. Adult Formation embraces the diverse aspects of a spiritual and faith-filled life as an independent member of the Church. For example, adults discuss their faith, skills that are needed for personal growth, the experience of family life, relationships, public service, and concern for the common good.
This ministry must engage the particular needs and interests of the adults in each local community. The Adult Formation group explores the core elements of the Catholic faith and practice – a complete initiation into the Catholic way of life.
It will do so in a way that is accessible to adults and relates to their life experiences, helping them to form a Christian conscience and to live their lives in the world as faithful disciples of Jesus.
This integration of actual life experience, diverse adult learning needs, the study of Scripture, and the teaching of the Church’s tradition will create a vibrant learning environment. It will also challenge the creativity of those who establish the direction, plan the content, and provide programs of adult faith formation. Meeting the challenge will be both demanding and rewarding.
3 GOALS AND EFFORTS OF ADULT FAITH FORMATION
1. Encourage ongoing conversation with Jesus to enhance your holy life
Our faith and life as adult disciples are grounded in creating a personal relationship with Jesus
Catechists aim to put “people…in communion…with Jesus Christ.”
Embrace the invitation to deepen our faith in Jesus by trusting God, obeying his will, and seeking holiness in life.
2. Promote and support active membership in the Christian community
Learn and live out our faith as active members of the Church
Help us make a “conscious and firm decision to live the gift and choice of faith through membership in the Christian Community.”
Make accepting “co-responsibility for the community’s mission and internal life.”
3. Call and prepare adults to act as disciples in this world
Call others to share the message of Christ to renew and transform the social and temporal order.
Help other adult believers become “more willing to be a Christian disciple in this world.”
Be adult disciples who recognize God’s gift of love and care so they renew the light of the world.
(excerpt from Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States)