Frequently Asked Questions - Path +
Is this an adult RE curriculum?
Faith Forward is more than a curriculum. It is a program that bridges faith development and your membership process by offering an integrated path. The path guides people from being a visitor, to becoming a member, to serving in leadership in your church. Faith Forward combines relationship building, experiential learning, direct instruction, and practical guidance on how to get connected and involved. Unlike traditional curricula, Faith Forward focuses on building relationships among participants, and between participants and other members and leaders of the church, by introducing them to a variety of different presenters and facilitators.
What is the difference between the Intro package, the Path, and Path +?
The Intro package includes just 14 of 42 sessions that comprise the whole Path. It is a starting place, which the rest of the Path builds on. When people complete all eight sessions of the Inquirers Series, they will often ask “what’s next?” The Path offers a next step for them to deepen their understanding of and engagement in your church and Unitarian Universalism. The Path + offers additional support tailored to your congregation, so that you can be as successful as possible.
What does a subscription include?
A subscription to the Faith Forward Path + includes online access for one year to facilitator guides, videos, Inquirers name tag template, customizable promotional materials, Inquirers Series Implementation Guide, CORE Path Implementation Guide, quarterly facilitator training, quarterly Forum to connect with other Faith Forward congregations, ongoing support from Faith Forward staff, and the services of a Faith Forward consultant for a weekend-long site visit. Subscribers will receive Advanced and Leadership Path materials as they become available.
How long is each session?
Each session is no longer than 1 hour, with the exception of Roots which is designed to be 90 minutes.
How are the sessions offered throughout the year?
The CORE Path includes enough material to fill an entire program or calendar year, depending on how you schedule it. The Inquirers Series is designed to be offered on an ongoing basis, with the 8 sessions repeating throughout the year. The other classes can be offered once or twice a year, depending on your numbers. The goal is to always have a “next step” available when someone completes the Inquirers Series or one of the other steps along the CORE Path.
What level of volunteer and professional staffing is needed to implement this?
The ideal model for Faith Forward is one in which church staff offer logistical support and the structure in which the classes take place, and lay volunteers are the speakers and facilitators. The largest investment of staff time will be up front, setting up the infrastructure, recruiting facilitators, and spreading awareness about Faith Forward throughout your church. Once this is in place, you fill find yourself falling into the rhythm of the year as the path continues and repeats itself. The Inquirers Series Implementation Guide and CORE Path Implementation Guide offer more guidance on facilitator recruitment.