Last month I got some heavy retweeting action over on Twitter because of a mildly snarky comment I made to David Pogue about Microsoft buying Skype. He even mentioned it in his Pogue’s Post (The Future of Skype): “When I pleaded with my followers to find something positive to say about the deal, @psdlund racked his brains and came up with: ‘At least it wasn’t Cisco.'” Not quite the fifteen minutes of fame Andy Warhol predicted each of us would have, but not too shabby. However, since I’m in the faith formation biz and not in the being-snarky-about-software-giants biz, I’d rather be known for tweeting something significant about, you know, faith formation. And I’m happy to say that’s exactly what’s happened with another tweet of mine, something I said during the #uu2020 TweetChat the Rev. Naomi King and I organized for last Thursday night. (BTW, if you’re wondering about all this tweeting and retweeting and TweetChat stuff, ask me about it in the comment section and I’ll fill you in.) During the TweetChat, I mentioned something that I’m running the risk of becoming dogmatic about:

Oh, what the heck. Let’s go ahead and be dogmatic. From now on, I’d like for this to be known as the Lund Doctrine: Congregations must pay as much attention to their virtual space as they do to their physical place.

I’ve been spending a lot of time researching just what it means for a congregation to pay attention to their virtual space. There’s a lot of room for faith formation leaders (ministers, DREs, congregational life directors, membership coordinators, etc.) to learn and grow here, and sharing what I’ve learned is a big part of what I do with my online presence. Still, we mustn’t forget about the other side of the equation: the face-to-face faith formation experiences we offer in our physical places. Which brings me to a wonderful document I found via uukaty at Katy pointed me (and all of her other twitter followers) to a terrific resource for adult faith formation called “Toward Effective Adult Faith Formation,” a four-page PDF adapted from Gathering Together, by Jane Regan and Mimi Bitzan.

When it comes to adult faith formation, these are exactly the things we need to be doing in order to “pay attention” to our physical place. They help make coming to church on a Tuesday night for a faith formation experience what it should be: a positive experience. Check ’em out:

  1. The most important question we must always ask, “So what?”
  2. Lose the lecture.
  3. Make a commitment.
  4. Faith formation is a team sport.
  5. Language: Get real.
  6. Connect with the Church’s liturgical year.
  7. Creativity is essential.
  8. Dessert is not optional.
  9. Timing is everything.
  10. Have fun!

For complete details, you can download the the list of Do’s (and Don’ts) here: Effectiveadultformation-pdf.