In a spirit of respect and welcome, the Office of Formation and Discipleship (OFD) provides leadership training, professional development, pastoral models, resources, services, and a framework for ministry. We serve pastors, catechetical and ministry leaders through communication and collaboration led by a helpful, professional team that embraces cultural diversity and equips disciples of Christ to witness the good news.
Areas of Ministries
Below are the areas of ministry the OFD serves. Click on the ministry links for more information.
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.
In holding families as the fundamental keystone to society, the first community to which every person belongs, the Office of Formation and Discipleship provides support, training assistance, and resources for parish ministry leadership so that they may more effectively prepare couples for marriage, strengthen marriages, and care for the family.
- Marriage Preparation
- Marriage Enrichment
- Marriage Repair
- Ministry Leader Training
- Marriage Resources for Clergy
- Family Life
- Natural Family Planning
Patrick Metts, LPC
Pastoral Care Ministry is an integral part of the Office of Formation and Discipleship. We collaborate with ministry leadership and parishes to promote and sustain effective outreach for a variety of specialized needs. Recognizing the Church’s desire to respond holistically to the entire person, from within the perspective of faith, we provide support, training, and resources for parish ministry leadership so that they may effectively attend to those entrusted to their care.
Patrick Metts, LPC
There are a great many positions in the parishes that rely heavily on volunteers and part-timers to assist in religious education, faith formation, parish operations, communications, technology and administrative jobs. Some volunteers and part-timers may have very little, if any, formal training or experience in the roles and responsibilities that they have been asked to handle. In addition, the dynamics of contemporary living require that everyone continues to improve and update their personal and professional skills in order to stay abreast of technology and the rapidly changing church and business environment. As a result, the Professional Development Program was created to provide a resource for personal and professional skills enhancement and development.
William L. Clarke
Religious Education is included under the Office of Formation and Discipleship and functions to support the catechetical efforts of parishes in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. The responsibility of Religious Education includes supporting and implementing sacramental preparation and faith formation for children, youth and adults of the local Catholic community.
- Religion Curriculum
- Sacramental Preparation
- Family Faith Formation
- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
- Catechist Certification
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. The Office of Formation and Discipleship primarily serves Parish Catechetical leaders responsible for the RCIA in a parish. Adults and parents of children over the age of seven who seek to enter the process of Christian Initiation should contact their local Catholic parish.
Senior Adult Ministry recognizes the presence, contributions, needs, and opportunities for spiritual growth among the rapidly growing population of older persons. Working collaboratively with ministry leadership and parishes, we provide specialized expertise related to the holistic experience of today’s older adults.
William L. Clark
Associate Director – Senior Adult Ministry
The Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Young Adult Ministry, also known simply as YAM. We’re here to connect single and married young adults, ages 18-29, with Jesus, the Catholic Church and one another through spiritual, social and service opportunities. Our events are for YOU – regardless of where you are in your life and your faith journey!
Visit Young Adult Ministry website: https://generationatl.org
The ministry of Adolescent Faith Formation fosters the development of a comprehensive Catholic Youth Ministry rooted in gospel values, which reflects a family and multicultural perspective in all the parishes and schools of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. The work of evangelization and catechesis are particularly important areas of focus. Evangelization is the work of the whole church and we work to help the Church be perceived by youth as a place of welcome and a worthy adventure. Likewise, our catechetical efforts seek to assist those who are leading young people in the ways of Christian discipleship. The Office of Formation and Discipleship supports a ministry to, with, by and for youth which “seeks to draw young people to a responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community.” (Renewing the Vision, USCC, 1997).
Visit Youth Ministry website: https://www.atlyouth.org
Office of Formation and Discipleship