Adult Ministries Guidelines Resources


Adult Ministries Guidelines 2017-2020 CoverThe adult ministry life span is the greatest and most diverse of any age level because it can encompass seven (or more) decades. An adult ministry that includes all adults encourages people to grow and mature in faith so they may be vital disciples for a lifetime. Regardless of your title, church size, or structure this the Adult Ministries Guidelines booklet is designed to help equip you in leading adult ministries in your congregation. These additional resources are referenced in the booklet. 

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H.O.P.E. with Adults Chart

[Guidelines, page 6]
Using the chart “H.O.P.E. with Adults,” list the settings and/or ways in which you live out H.O.P.E. through your congregation with single adults, single parents, married couples, working adults, homebound adults, adults living in long-term care facilities, and other groups of adults in your congregation and served through your congregation.

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Settings for Adult Faith Formation and Discipleship

[Guidelines, page 22]
List the various settings you offer for adults of various ages and life circumstances. You may want to add notes for each setting about frequency, what percentage of the congregation is involved, and any thoughts you have about improvement.

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A Comprehensive Plan for Teacher Development 

[Guidelines, page 23]
This document provides guidance for developing a leader development plan.

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Measuring Effectiveness

[Guidelines, page 25]
To think about how effectively your current adult formation settings demonstrate this movement, consider and record your responses to the Measuring Effectiveness worksheet.

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Next Steps

[Guidelines, page 26]
You’ve had an opportunity to think about your congregation and community, as well as the middle and older adults who are involved or who could be involved in faith formation. The Adult Ministries Guideline included a lot of information and asked many questions. As a way of reflecting on the information and questions, here is space to jot down some of your important ideas about next steps.

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[Guidelines, page 27]

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