Faith Formation
equipping people to live as disciples of Jesus.

Faith formation informs, forms, and transforms the person—whether child, youth, or adult—into a robust, vital, and life-giving Christian faith that is holistic: a way of the head, the heart, and the hands. While expressed in many different ways, faith formation seeks to help people:

-Grow in their relationship with God for the whole of life;
-Live as disciples of Jesus at home, at work, in the community, and in the world;
-Develop an understanding of the Bible and their faith tradition;
-Deepen their spiritual life and practices;
-Engage in service and mission to the world; and
-Participate in the life and ministries of their faith community.  

ELCA First Third of Life

Southwestern Texas Synod Faith Formation
(RENEW, STRENGTHEN, and EQUIP leaders of Faith Formation Ministries)

Southwestern Texas Synod is committed to active involvement in nurturing faith and trust in the living God. This commitment is grounded in our baptismal covenant to grow in faith, love, and obedience to the will of God, as we also love our neighbor and seek justice in the world. We believe faith formation is a gift of the Holy Spirit that continues throughout life. Communities of faith join the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit by engaging in faith practices and educational ministries. Recognizing and attending to God’s presence and the Christian community is necessary for lifelong formation and transformation.

The Faith Formation Network of the Southwestern Texas Synod

Meets the THIRD THURSDAY of the EVEN MONTHS (in person) at 10:00 AM
at Christ Chapel in San Marcos
Meets on various THURSDAYS of the ODD MONTHS (San Antonio/Austin) 
For more information contact Deacon Chris St. Clair or Denise Blomquist

Faith Formation Resources

Faith Formation Newsletters

2022 ELCA Youth Gathering
July 24-28

 19I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is. -Ephesians 3:19

High school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service, and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives. An important part of the Gathering’s ministry are the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE), a faith formation and leadership development event primarily for youth of color, and the tAble, a gathering that brings together, blesses, and empowers youth with disabilities.

Youth Gathering Website

Synod Coordinator & Synod Day Director

Denise Blomquist
Gina Dieringer