This course is designed for parish ministers and team members involved in planning and implementing faith formation for all ages and anyone interested in learning more about emerging models of catechesis. The course provides a survey of emerging models and approaches to faith formation. The course points to texts, journals, web sites and parishes that provide and practice the models described. The course encourages conversation and mutual learning about all approaches to parish faith formation across the life span with the goal of assisting those who bear this responsibility.
- Overview of the Church’s call for life long faith formation.
- Two leading models: “Whole Community Catechesis” and “Total Community Catechesis.”
- Intergenerational Learning and “Generations of Faith.”
- “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” and Celebrating Milestones as a means of faith formation.
- Family Faith Formation and Christian Practices as models of catechesis.
- Six weeks in duration, with one week for orientation.
- Typically 15-20 students in each course.
- Lecture material and supplemental readings provided online.
- Written assignments (150-200 words) required.
- Facilitator moderated chat sessions with students in course.
- All course materials are available online in the course.
- Read assigned texts; keep notes, questions, and comments for class discussion.
- Participate in the class discussion using the Forums area: post at least 2 comments, questions, or responses per unit.
- Write 150-200 words in response to the assignment in each unit.
- Participate in at least 3 scheduled chat sessions throughout the course.
- Complete the course evaluation.
3 to 5 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.
A certificate of completion awarding 25 contact hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.