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Faith Formation: Young Adults, Adults & Small Groups

Resources including: Children & Family Curricula & Storytime; Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism; Denominational Resources; Tween & Teen Mental and Spiritual Health; Sexuality & Identity; and Online/At-Home Tech

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of faith formation resources for Young Adults, Adults & Small Groups. Here you'll find:

  • Websites & Curricula suitable for sharing online or in person
  • Blogs, Podcasts & Articles with tips and to spark conversations
  • Small Group Bible Study resources
  • Online Bibles and Bible Search Engines

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Rev. Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Books

American Liturgy     American Prophets          Borders and Belonging     In My Grandmother's House: Black Women, Faith, and the Stories We Inherit     The debut poetry collection on hope and healing by inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, including the poem of the same title that she recited at the Biden Inauguration.     Journey to the Common Good, Updated Edition          

Curricula & Websites

Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God's Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe     Manna and Mercy Leader Sourcebook: A Congregational Guide to a Brief History of God's Unfolding Promise

Augsburg Fortress has created a full intergenerational curriculum based on Daniel Erlander's beloved book Manna and Mercy, a book about God and the continuity of God’s covenant of life, justice, and inclusion to all people and all of creation.

This curriculum includes a leader sourcebook full of lesson plans for all ages, an interactive edition of the book for kids, and four board books for young children, in addition to Erlander's original book.

Use the movies and conversations to spark your own deep talks.

Find a plethora of resources for Bible studybook discussion, and diversity training in Rev. Jia Starr Brown's 2020 Journey to Freedom series. Find the entire video line-up in our Journey to Freedom Vimeo Showcase. Learn more here.

Free streaming videos featuring nearly 30 contributors; adaptable for groups online with downloadable Discussion Questions.

Living Like They Believe is an online video study series on vocation and discipleship.

Filter : Media allows you to enter the URL of a news article and the site will analyze the article’s political bias; useful in teaching. 

offers affordable online courses for:

  • Adult Formation
  • Sacramental Preparation
  • Building Effective Leaders

subscription-based streaming service offering visually powerful films exploring topics of faith for discussion groups or worship

UMPH/Abingdon is offering free access to Adam Hamilton’s study, Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times, and other Adult Studies on their Amplify Media site.

Living Lutheran considers, ”How should Lutherans be involved in politics?” Other denominations may find wisdom, as well. Read the full article here and download the study guide.

OnBeing's new Poetry Films forum could be great as contemplative prayer prompts, worship elements or small group discussion starters.

Explore intentional community and radical social justice with Seven Radical Elders.

Browse Lewis Center for Church Leadership's numerous Adult Small Group Study Guides on a range of topics.

Short introductory teaching videos - appropriate for 7th grade - adult - enrich the Salt & Light curriculum series and can be used for teacher prep and to introduce each weekly session. The videos are free and available online.

     God Was With Me All Along

Bible Study

 

               Picture of The Four Gospels          Listening to the Heart of Genesis     What Do We Do with the Bible?                    

offers numerous video and podcast series as well as their small group study series, Church at Home. Disclaimer: while accessible for many age-groups, God is imaged as exclusively male and their motto is, "Helping people experience the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus" (a form of Christo-centrism that subsumes the Hebrew narrative for its own purposes). Significant editing may be required, but might also make for powerful conversations about biblical interpretation and usage.

professors offer breadth and depth for Bible discussions in Enter the Bible.

MennoMedia shares Laura Brenneman’s free downloadable Bible Study for Spring: Justice and the Prophets. While rooted in Holy Week and Easter, the themes of justice, reconciliation and resurrection are applicable all year.

Levine Biblew&wojesus 3d   The Bible with and without Jesus

The editors of The Jewish Annotated New Testament explore how Jews and Christians can learn from and understand one another better by exploring how they read many of the same Bible stories through different lenses.

shares online courses of varying length on every book of the Bible.

Online Bibles & Search Engines

Podcasts & Videos

Crystal Cheatam's Our Bible App is focused on Ditching Toxic Theology, and includes devotions and podcasts from emerging thinkers and leaders.

Frank Schaeffer, son of Francis Schaeffer, who created and shaped the evangelical political movement of the '80s, which brought us to today, shared this compelling video: part confession, part admonition. Important insight for creating helpful study and/or sermons.

MennoMedia's ~ing Podcast is a place to share insights and stories from individuals creatively engaging the present and moving into the future.