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Adult Faith formation Innovation Lab

Rethink and Reboot adult faith formation in your parish! 

So you are having a summer Bible Study... Why are you offering a Bible Study on Tuesday mornings?  What is the purpose of the Bible Study? Does the Bible Study offer participants an encounter with Jesus, an experience of Christian community, a deeper connection to God's Word in daily life? Innovation in adult formation begins when we "rethink" something that we are offering.  We dig deep into the purpose and then we spend time to understand how we will gather people and who we want to gather.  A Bible Study that is for everyone is a Bible Study that is for no one.
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. Participants will learn to design new programming/experiences for young adults, midlife adults, mature adults, and/or older adults; and to utilize digital media and methods to facilitate faith growth.

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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 ​Aug. 25, 2018          St. Gabriel McKinney Community                                                         Center (Hall next to new sanctuary                                                       under construction)                                                                                1st  Workshop (8:30am-4pm)

​Monday Oct. 1, 2018              Live 90 minute Webinar​ ( will                                                                 finalize date and time                                                                            at the August 25th workshop)

Saturday Nov. 3, 2018          2nd Workshop (8:30am-4pm)

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

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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:*
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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 but not until July 25th.
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 Team Members:

Please provide the following information for the people 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.

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For more information regarding Adult Faith Formation, please contact:

Kevin Prevou
Catechetical Services
Associate Director, Adult Faith Formation
(214) 379-2848