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Adult Faith formation Innovation Lab

Innovation Lab Workshop 2

Innovation in adult formation begins when we "rethink" the formation that we are offering to adults.  We dig deeply to understand the purpose of "what" we are offering and "why" we are offering the particular formation experience to adults. 
The Adult Faith Formation Innovation Lab can offer a kind of "reboot" to adult faith in your parish.  This adult faith initiative will guide parishes in developing a plan that can engage adults around their interests, concerns, questions, and spiritual and faith journeys.

“Designing Faith Formation” Workshop is planned for Saturday November 3rd, 2018, –  to guide parish teams in creating new or enhanced programming with adults and incorporating digital methods and approaches into faith formation.

What if our parish didn't participate in the August workshop?  Can we still participate in this workshop?

Definitely Yes!  We know there may be some parishes that were not able to participate in the August 25th workshop.  Click on the "Register Your Team" button below and when you submit your registration, you will receive a call from Kevin Prevou who will help you and your parish get "up to speed" before the November 3rd workshop.

Do we have to register our parish again if we registered and attended the August Workshop at St. Gabriel?

If your parish team attended the August retreat, and you have no changes to the people who will be attending, simply email Kevin Prevou that your team will be attending and there are no changes.
If you have changes, please register your team again so we can have correct name badges and lunches for everyone 

Register Your Team

How do you know if you need to innovate adult faith formation in your parish?

Are adult parishioners engaged in the mission of the parish community?
Are adults excited/energized about their faith?
Are adults asking for help to deepen their faith?
Are new people stepping forward to volunteer when you try to do something new?
Is there a feeling of belonging in your parish community?
Do you have small faith sharing groups of adults in your parish?
Is adult faith formation a priority in your parish?
If you answered yes to all or most of these questions, perhaps your parish is already innovating.  The life of the parish is being nurtured and it is growing.  If you answered no to all or some of the questions, consider innovation as a way to nurture and grow adult faith in your parish community.
What does innovation look like and how does innovation connect with adult faith formation? Watch the video clip from the movie Apollo 13 and then reflect on the questions below:

Reflection Questions:

Who are the adults yearning to deepen their faith in your parish?  People in their twenties and thirties?  Forties and fifties?  Sixties and seventies? Eighty plus? 
What are the obstacles your parish faces in your mission to evangelize and catechize the seasons of adults in your parish today?
We can only create the future being creative, persistent, resilient with the parts and pieces of what we have.  What are the resources you presently have available to innovate/rethink faith formation for adults in your parish? 
How can innovation help you to better accompany adults as they deepen their faith?
Who are 4-7 people in your parish that have some energy for growing adult faith in your parish?  Who will you invite to the workshop on Saturday August 25th at St. Gabriel in McKinney? 

Innovation Labs are interactive, collaborative learning and design experiences for parish leadership teams to create new projects in faith formation
  • The goal of each Lab is to design and implement new initiatives that have the potential of being transformative for a parish faith community. 
  • Each Innovation Lab brings together parish teams from across the Diocese to design new strategies, programs, and activities to implement in their parish. 
  • Over a six month period, the parish leadership teams will meet for 2 day long workshops and 2 live webinars.  The bulk of the work will take place back in the parish. 
  • Click on the picture above to download a PowerPoint presentation.  The PowerPoint has an audio track in which John Roberto walks you through the Innovation Lab process.  Consider using this with your parish team as an introduction to the Innovation Lab.


Adult Faith Formation Innovation Lab Dallas Diocese 

​Saturday Nov. 3, 2018          2nd Workshop (8:30am-4pm) “Designing                                                  Faith Formation” Workshop                                                                          Parish site???


Thursday, Jan. 10, 2018       Live 90 minute Webinar (will finalize                                                          date and time at the August 25th                                                                  workshop) 

Register Your Team

We ask that each person attending purchase the book: The Seasons of Adult Faith

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.

Outline of the first workshop Saturday August 25, 2018 at St. Gabriel

Flyer for Adult Faith Formation Innovation Lab

Suggested criteria to gather a team

Are you stuck?

Meet John Roberto: Vibrant Faith Institute Coordinator and Innovation Lab Facilitator
John lives with his wife, Linda, in Naugatuck, Connecticut.
John Roberto is a member of the Vibrant Faith Executive Team and Project Coordinator for the Vibrant Faith Institute. 
He is the Founder and President of Lifelong Faith Associates, editor of the Lifelong Faith Journal and coordinator for the Faith Formation 2020 Initiative. 
For over four decades, John has provided consultation to churches and national organizations, taught courses and conducted workshops in faith formation. He has authored books and program manuals in youth ministry, family ministry and intergenerational faith formation.
We are incredibly thankful for his expertise and leadership!



Register Your Team

Information for Key Contact:

Please provide the following information about the person who will be the Key Contact for your parish throughout the Adult Faith Formation Innovation Lab.

Name of Parish:*
First Name of Key Contact for your parish team:*
Last Name of Key Contact:*
Cell Number of Key Contact:
Email address of Key Contact:*
How many team members do you guestimate will attend including you? NOTE: We will need the names and contact info of your team by October 29.
What do you need from the diocesan office to begin to invite team members? Ex. flyer, presentation to my parish team, slide show, etc.
How many of your team members will need simultaneous translation into Spanish (best guess)?
What do you hope for your parish through participation in the adult faith formation innovation lab?
Would you like to receive a phone call to learn more about the innovation lab?


Information for Guest:

Please provide the following information for the guest from your parish who will participate in the Innovation Lab. At this time, we can accommodate a team of no more than 10 people from each parish. Please contact if you have more than 10 people interested 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. 

Participant 1:

First Name:
Last Name:
Cell Phone*
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