BEST PRACTICES

Welcoming New Subscribers with a Customized Email

Need: New subscribers in your parish often need a little guidance as they first dip into FORMED. The amount of content on FORMED can feel overwhelming, and often new subscribers are not sure where to start. This initial impression may stop that parishioner from coming...

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Using FORMED to Integrate Home-Bound into Parish Life

Need: Integrate FORMED into Parish Life, especially with home-bound parishioners or stay-at-home parents that have a limited ability to attend small groups that take place within the parish. This idea came from Donna W. of Prospect Heights, IL, who says “One of...

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Lenten Book Study for Young Teens using Awakening

Need: Engage young readers in a community of faith and spiritually prepare them for the Triduum. Description: “I wanted to take a moment to recommend the book in the children’s section called Awakening. It’s more of a young reader that a...

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Investing in the Women in Our Lives

After completing True Beauty with her small discipleship group, Heather—a volunteer mentor from St. Paul, MN—organized a “Date Night” for the young women in her group and their mothers.  “We spent so much time talking about our dignity and womanhood,” said Heather,...

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Ideas for Promoting FORMED

Need: Get parishioners onto and using FORMED Description: “We found a few things worked well: 1. Going to meetings for various ministries (e.g. RCIA, 55+ Club, Catechists, etc) to promote formed and how they can use it. 2. Providing a weekly suggestion in the...

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Help everyone login

Need: Get parishioners registered Description: “We had a big push for it and had them bring their Iphones, tablets, etc in and we help everyone get logged in. Also, we have printed business cards with the login information on one side and put lines for them to...

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Best time to promote is Advent and Lent

Need: Increase membership Description: “Best time to promote in my opinion is Advent and Lent. Integrating with your parish website is a great way to slowly steadily build membership. Parish ambo announcements are helpful by the Pastor.” Result: “We...

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“Popcorn is on us!”

Need: Empower and inspire parishioners to use FORMED their homes. Description: “I’m going to COSTCO and getting boxes of microwave popcorn, enough for one package for each family. Then we are going to print sticker labels (designed like movie tickets)...

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Featuring FORMED in Your Bulletin

Need: Increase awareness of how ordinary parishioners use FORMED in their everyday lives Description: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Somonauk, IL featured an article called “Faith Formation at Your Fingertips: Hundreds of Catholic Resources Available...

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