Life is complex, messy, and often hard. Yet, each one of us was created by God out of love, for love, to love. Ministry among adults should acknowledge this truth: No one has it all together. We are all broken. We all need Jesus and we need one another. Adult Ministry should facilitate encounters with Jesus in the context of everyday life.
Formation is giving shape to one who has encountered Jesus and wants to follow Him. Faith Formation or catechesis is secondary to facilitating encounters with Jesus; to focus first on the teachings of our faith, outside of a relationship with him, is like providing a road map to someone who has no desire to travel. Evangelize first; teach second.
The bishops present a pastoral plan to help Catholics advance in their role as disciples by awakening a renewal in the ministry of adult faith formation and helping all to grow to the full maturity of Christ.
An excerpt from The Seasons of Adult Faith Formation resource edited by John Roberto exploring effective practices for each stage of adulthood.
The Christian Initiation of Adults is the process for adults to be received into the Catholic Church. This process follows The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and includes adaptations for older children seeking full initiation into the Catholic Church. The Christian Initiation process leads to the celebration of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.