Formation

Faith Formation is a life-long process and the Faith Formation Working Group is dedicated to assisting congregations in that process. We curate resources, train leaders, connect neighbors, and consult with staff and volunteers to build up the diverse ministries around the diocese. 

 

Amy Cook, Working Group Head

Amy advises formation ministries for adults. This includes organizing and planning diocesan-wide learning events and retreats as well as referring clergy, staff, vestries, and leaders to resources they can use. She acts as the Diocesan liaison for our campus ministries at Cal, Berkeley, and the Ecumenical House in San Francisco. Amy is working with a team to reorganize and refresh the School for Deacons, as well as continuing other lay discernment programs, including Education for Ministry and Eucharistic Minister/Visitor training. 

Emailamyc@diocal.org

Contact Amy for:

  • Adult Formation      
  • Personal Spiritual Resources
  • Diocesan-Wide Learning Events
  • Retreats
  • Young Adult Ministry
  • Lay Discernment
  • Training Programs
  • Eucharistic Minister & Visitor Training
  • Wellness ministries
  • Church and the Arts
  • Teacher Training 
  • ​Family Ministry 
  • Curriculum Selection 
  • Whole Church Formation 
  • Scholarships for Lay Leader Training 
  • PNEUMA conference for Christian Ed. 
  • Seasonal resources

 

Caren Miles, Associate for Faith Formation

Caren advises formation ministries for youth and children. She assists youth ministers with retreats and events, sometimes organizing and planning them, sometimes simply with financial support and other resources. She plans and organizes Diocesan-wide confirmations, as well as consults with congregations about confirmation curricula. The Diocesan Safe Church policy runs through Caren’s office which includes researching and crafting policy, to organizing in person trainings, and facilitating online training and background checks.

Email: carenm@diocal.org 

Contact Caren for

  • Children's Ministries
  • Youth Ministry
  • Retreats
  • Diocesan Wide Training Events
  • Confirmation
  • Safe Church Training and Guidelines 
  • Teacher Training 
  • Family Ministry 
  • Curriculum Selection 
  • Whole Church Formation 
  • Scholarships for Lay Leader Training 
  • PNEUMA conference for Christian Ed.  
  • Seasonal resources
  • Teen and Parenting wellness