The Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation
"Christian formation is the lifelong process of growing in relationship with God, self, others and all creation. In this process we are transformed into the people God wants us to be." -- formationcharter.com
Lifelong Christian faith formation in the Episcopal church is lifelong growth in the knowledge, service and love of God as followers of Christ and is informed by Scripture, Tradition and Reason.
From 2003-2008, Proclaiming Education for All (PEALL - a task force of The Executive Council of The Episcopal Church) met and worked on the fundamentals to which The Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation is based. PEALL called together a group of Diocesan Christian Educators who drafted a “Case for a Proposed Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation.”
That charter was overwhelming adopted at The Episcopal Church's General Convention in July 2009. The text of the charter is presented below:
I have called you friends. John 15:14-16
Through The Episcopal Church, God Invites all people:
- To enter into a prayerful life of worship, continuous learning, intentional outreach, advocacy and service
- To hear the Word of God through scripture, to honor church teachings, and continually to embrace the joy of Baptism and Eucharist, spreading the Good News of the risen Christ and ministering to all.
- To respond to the needs of our constantly changing communities, as Jesus calls us, in ways that reflect our diversity and cultures as we seek, wonder and discover together.
- To hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people, placing ourselves in the stories of our faith, thereby empowering us to proclaim the Gospel message.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit. John 15:14-16
Through The Episcopal Church, God Inspires all people:
- To experience Anglican liturgy, which draws us closer to God, helps us discern God’s will and encourages us to share our faith journeys.
- To study Scripture, mindful of the context of our societies and cultures, calling us to seek truth anew while remaining fully present in the community of faith.
- To develop new learning experiences, equipping disciples for life in a world of secular challenges and carefully listening for the words of modern sages who embody the teachings of Christ.
- To prepare for a sustainable future by calling the community to become guardians of God’s creation.
I am giving you these commands that you may love one another. John 15:17
Through The Episcopal Church, God Transforms all people:
- By doing the work Jesus Christ calls us to do, living into the reality that we are all created in the image of God and carrying out God’s work of reconciliation, love, forgiveness, healing, justice and peace.
- By striving to be a loving and witnessing community, which faithfully confronts the tensions in the church and the world as we struggle to live God’s will.
- By seeking out diverse and expansive ways to empower prophetic action, evangelism, advocacy and collaboration in our contemporary global context.
- By holding all accountable to lift every voice in order to reconcile oppressed and oppressor to the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Christian Faith Formation in The Episcopal Church is a lifelong journey with Christ, in Christ, and to Christ.
Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.