Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith Formation

by John Roberto. Lifelong Associates Publishing, 2010.

One of the appendices to this helpful book lists “8 Driving Forces Effecting the Future of the Faith”. This is a hopeful book designed primarily for Roman Catholic audiences in which the future of faith formation is presented in a variety of constructive ways. Part one deals with how to think about the future of faith given current cultural trends. Part two suggests ways to design a new shape of faith formation. Part three describes the nature of leadership for the future of faith formation. And part four highlights 16 strategies for bringing faith to life. The core of Roberto’s approach is lifelong, intergenerational learning. He focuses these on four distinct groups of faith practitioners. The first is persons who actively practice their faith and engage in a faith community. The second is persons who occasionally show up to worship but are not actively involved. The third is persons who claim to be “spiritual but not religious”. And the fourth is persons who are unaffiliated and not religious. In each he offers hopeful and strategic ways to reach them.