Formation

The Faith Formation Working Group is dedicated to assisting congregations in the lifelong process of learning and growing in the Christian faith. We consult, provide and curate resources, design and lead training, and support churches and institutions of the diocese in achieving their faith formation goals. With the move into the digital realm, we now partner with  with Congregational Ministries in the  training and support of lay and ordained leaders.

The Faith Formation Working Group can help you with these areas:

 - Retreats
- Scholarships for formation conferences and training
- Diocesan wide learning events/training
- Curriculum consultation for all ages

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. She acts as the Diocesan liaison for our campus ministries at Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, and the Ecumenical House at San Francisco State University. Amy is also the staff liaison with the Bishop’s Ranch, Saint Dorothy’s Rest, and the School for Deacons. She runs the Day of Discernment for the diocese and supports other programs including Education for Ministry and Eucharistic Minister/Visitor training.  

Emailamyc@diocal.org

Contact Amy for:

  • Adult Formation      
  • Spirituality
  • Young Adult Ministry
  • Discernment
  • Anti-Racism Training & Programs
  • Eucharistic Minister & Visitor Training
  • Wellness ministries
  • Campus Chaplaincy
  • Whole Church Formation 
  • Creation Care resources and workshops 

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 Whole and Healthy Church policy runs through Caren’s office which includes researching and crafting policy, organizing in person trainings, and facilitating online training and background checks. More recently, Caren has begun working with churches on technical support for online worship and formation in consultation with the Tech Chaplaincy.

Email: carenm@diocal.org 

Contact Caren for

  • Children's Ministries
  • Youth Ministry
  • Family Ministry
  • Confirmation
  • Whole & Healthy Church Training and Guidelines 
  • Teacher Training  
  • Zoom Support
  • Covid-19 Regathering