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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

The End of Religion     The End of Religion Study Companion     The End of Religion Study Companion

After Doubt: Swoboda: 9781587434518: Amazon.com: Books     American Liturgy     American Prophets     Be Holy: Find Identity / Find Belonging / Find Purpose   Download the Be Holy discussion guide              Borders and Belonging     Brave Church     The Gap Decade          God Was With Me All Along     Picture of And He Saw That It Was Good     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.     In My Grandmother's House: Black Women, Faith, and the Stories We Inherit     Jesus Takes a Side     Journey to the Common Good, Updated Edition          Let the Light In          cover of Pillars: How Muslim Friends Led Me Closer to Jesus          Reading the Times     Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a  Restless World | Broadleaf Books               Shaped by God     Empower teens to take control of their digital life.     The Storied Church: A Strategy for Congregational Renewal     We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation by [Brian D. McLaren]     Wild Belief: Poets and Prophets in the Wilderness     The Words of Her Mouth | Psalms for the Struggle (Spong)     You Can Talk To God Like That: The Surprising Power of Lament to Save Your Faith

Curricula & Websites

Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding is a series of biblically based short-term courses that provide adults with a foundational understanding of the Reformed faith. Each six-session study—written by well-known and respected scholars—features Scripture, prayer, in-depth commentary, and questions for reflection. Lessons include a Participant and Leader's Guide. The main structure is the rubric Head, Heart, and Hands.

 

     

All Living the Questions curricula are available to stream or download; includes a variety of progressive topics.

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

In the Works Series

In the Works Series

This five-session series explores how Christians can be part of God’s mission in the world. Each title includes five inspiring daily readings for each week; five easy-to-use discussion guides (with activities, Bible study, and discussion activities); and follow-up action options to apply the study to real-world life.

Sessions include:

  • How Do I Begin? Sharing Your Faith
  • How Do I Make It Right? Doing Justice in a Broken World
  • What Do I Do with My Life? Serving God through Work
  • What Do I Owe? Managing the Gifts God Gives You
  • Where Do I Come in? Joining God's Mission

The Present Word adult Bible study curriculum is based on the reading and study plan of the Uniform Series, which is a way to study the Bible over a six-year period. Each quarter works its way through different books of the Bible and focuses on a different theme. You can view the theme for this quarter on the scope and sequence.

Small Group Guides

Harper Collins offers an enormous searchable library of Small Group Guides for their published works.

Church Anew's blog is a rich resource with frequent updates from diverse thinkers. Greg Carey's, The Bible and Ethics, could be a starting point to reading a post and discussing as a regular prompt for small group discussions.

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.

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

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.

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

Feasting on the Word is a lectionary based curriculum that allows all ages to study the same text each week. Preparatory materials equip leaders with the biblical background they need to feel confident with any age group.

Sample Sessions are available for:

The Free Guide offers tips for online use.

Bible Study

     The Bible Book by DK     Brave: Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Grief, Mercy, Folly, Joy, Sex, and Redemption          Fierce: Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex, and Salvation     First Nations Version          Picture of The Four Gospels          The Good Book     In the Way of the Story     Leaving Silence     Listening to the Heart of Genesis     More Than a Womb     Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously but Not Literally     Cover for Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism          Cover for The Sins of Scripture     We Cry Justice: Reading the Bible with the Poor People's Campaign     What Do We Do with the Bible?                         

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.

Podcasts & Videos

Old & New is a video-based Bible study with a simple premise: ignite curiosity in the Bible through generous invitation, fresh witness, and breathtaking video

GOOD DOCS

GoodDocs offers high quality streaming video documentaries and speakers covering a range of topics through diverse lenses.

1- to 3-year subscriptions are available for congregations.

See our Great Idea for one way to incorporate documentaries/speakers into congregational life and outreach.

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.

Journey to Freedom: Solidarity begins July 18, 2021! Find the extraordinary list of contributing preachers, authors, artists and offerings here. Register to participate here.

 

Serious Answers to Hard Questions video-based adult Christian study

Video-based Adult Christian Study Curriculum: Serious Answer to Hard Questions is leading theologians addressing 10 obstacles to faith, including: the existence of evil, the relationships between science and religion, the sins of the church, and more.

Learn more and watch a sample video clip here.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

How-tos

Springtide hosts The Voices of Young People Podcast - listen and learn!

UW Milwaukee's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) Resource Center shares this excellent primer on pronoun arenas nd usage.

Online Bibles & Search Engines