Online Youth Ministry Faith Formation Program: Journey to Adulthood

Posted By on Jul 24, 2021 |


Church Publishing Incorporated (CPI), the publisher of official worship materials of The Episcopal Church, today announced the release of a revised Journey to Adulthood, an online, subscription-based, downloadable youth ministry program of spiritual formation for 6th through 12th grades. The program was developed by St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Durham, NC, and updated in collaboration with a team of clergy, youth ministers, and academics with experience in youth faith formation. The updates are based on user input and incorporates best practices in ministry and formation.

“We are pleased to release this much anticipated online and updated version of Journey to Adulthood, which for more than 30 years has served as a bedrock of youth ministry faith formation in The Episcopal Church,” said AiriĂ© Stuart, SVP and publisher of CPI.

The revised program is arranged into three two-year modules: Rite 13, J2A, and 4Ward. Each offers lessons organized around self, society, and spirituality and allows youth to explore these themes through discussion, Bible study, games, crafts, and the occasional off-site trip or service project.

Journey to Adulthood revisions include:

  • Standardized lesson formats for ease of use
  • New content that addresses racism, creation care, and times of crisis
  • Stronger biblical, theological, and liturgical foundations, including more content from the Book of Common Prayer
  • A newly revised Rite 13 ceremony, which is fully inclusive of LGBTQIA+ youth
  • J2A lessons on aspects of identity, including race, gender, and sexuality, as well as related issues of privilege and marginalization
  • More class materials for 4Ward (previously “YAC”—Young Adults in the Church)

Individuals can access a free webinar and 14-day trial to help them learn about the program, preview lessons, and discover features such as a planner and calendar by visiting J2A.riteformation.com.

About Church Publishing Incorporated

Founded in 1918 and headquartered in New York City, Church Publishing Incorporated is the publisher of the official worship materials, books, music, and digital ministry resources for The Episcopal Church, in addition to being a multi-faceted publisher and supplier to the broader ecumenical marketplace. churchpublishing.org

About the Church Pension Group

The Church Pension Group (CPG) is a financial services organization that serves The Episcopal Church. It maintains three lines of business—benefits, insurance, and publishing. CPG provides retirement, health, life insurance, and related benefits for clergy and lay employees of The Episcopal Church, as well as property and casualty insurance, and book and music publishing, including the official worship materials of the Church. Follow CPG on FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagram, and LinkedIncpg.org

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