The New Generation Innovation Lab explores how to develop faith formation that addresses the unique life tasks, needs, interests, and spiritual journeys of children —with special attention to the emerging characteristics of the new generation (Gen Z or iGen). Discover how to develop an approach to faith formation that integrates intergenerational relationships and faith experiences, family and parent faith formation, and peer group faith formation. Learn how to incorporate digital methods and approaches into faith formation with the new generation.
Innovation Labs are interactive, collaborative learning and design experiences for parish leadership teams to create new projects in faith formation.
The goal of the Innovation Lab is to design and implement new initiatives that have the potential of being transformative for a faith community. Participating in an Innovation Lab helps a leadership team design new strategies, programs, and activities to implement in a congregation.
All participating parishes will have access to online Tools and Resources to support design work, and Networking among congregations to share projects and ideas.
In a “Family-at-the Center Approach” to faith formation, there is a recognition that parents and the family are the most powerful influence for virtually every child outcome – personal, academic, social, and spiritual-religious; and that parents are the most important influence on the social and religious lives of their children. So, it would be helpful to include parents and grandparents along with several people from your current catechetical team (you can of course include your pastor, worship director, youth minister).Your parish is filled with talented, faithful people so don’t forget to include people that are not already involved.
To learn more and to register your parish team (registration opens October 2018), go to: https://www.cathdal.org/child-family
REGISTER YOUR TEAM
We ask that each person attending purchase the book: Faith Formation with a New Generation. Click on the book to order directly prior to the Innovation Lab. Note: The book is only available in English so do not purchase for Spanish language attendees. All handouts at the workshop will be available in English and Spanish.
Flyer for Faith Formation for a New Generation of Children and their Parents Innovation Lab -English
Flyer for Faith Formation for a New Generation of Children and their Parents Innovation Lab -Spanish
Gathering a team for innovation
Obstacles to Innovating with prayer for parish catechetical leaders
Coach · Speaker, Writer
Denise Utter is a writer, educator, and speaker who presents on topics of faith and evangelization at national, regional, and diocesan conferences. Her experience at both the parish and diocesan levels shapes her work as a consultant who accompanies church leadership teams in their efforts to create vibrant and engaging faith communities. Denise’s publications include articles for Catechetical Leader, Catechist Magazine, and Take Out: Our Faith on the Go! (OSV); and in online curriculum for Our Sunday Visitor, Center for Ministry Development, and the Archdiocese of Chicago. Denise partners at Strong Catholic Family Faith with other diocesan leaders who have a passion for affirming, empowering and equipping families in their mission to pass on their faith; she coordinates their social media at http://www.facebook.com/strongcatholicfamilyfaith.
Denise earned a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
Denise and her husband Rob live in Chicago and have three adult children.
Register Your Team
Please provide the following information about the person who will be the Key Contact for your parish for the Faith Formation for a New Generation of children and their parents Innovation Lab.
Please provide the following information for the people from your parish who will participate in the Innovation Lab.
NOTE: If you do not know the names of all your team members at this time, fill out as many as you can. You may always return to this form to include more people on your team.
Associate Director, Children's Ministry