Frequently Asked Questions
Below we’ve answered a few of your questions. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Please get in touch!
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DISCIPLES OF ALL AGES.
Do you have seasonal resources?
Yes we do! We have dozens of articles dedicated to each of the liturgical seasons in our church calendar. Our seasonal resources are organized into the following categories: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, and Ordinary Time.
What is your denomination?
Building Faith is funded through Virginia Theological Seminary’s commitment to life-long, life-wide, and life-deep Christian formation for people of all ages. While VTS is an Episcopal seminary, we believe in “one holy, catholic and apostolic faith.” Building Faith contributors and readers come from over 20 Christian denominations (according to our June 2021 reader survey).
My Church is small…can you help me?
At Building Faith, we aim to offer resources that are adaptable for a variety of contexts. If you would like support for small church Christian formation or adapting Building Faith resources for your context, please join us for Christian Formation & Discipleship Open Office Hours hosted on Thursday afternoons by a member of the Department of Lifelong Learning.
Who is your audience?
The Building Faith team conducts reader surveys every few years. Here’s the data about our audience from the June 2021 Survey.
- Our Readers Are Lay & Ordained Folks: Most of our readers identify as lay people (63.4%). In addition, 31.5% identify as priest/pastor/ordained minister and 5.1% identify as deacons.
- Our Readers Represent Over 20 Christian Denominations: Our readers serve in at least 21 different denominations (with Episcopalians representing 50.3% of our audience. Denominations represented in survey: Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Reformed, Church of England, Community of Christ, Covenant, Disciples of Christ, Episcopalian, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, Mennonite, Presbyterian Church (USA), Reformed Church in America, Uniting Church in Australia, United Church of Canada, United Church of Christ, United Methodist, Unitarian Universalist
- Our Readers are Paid & Unpaid Leaders: The majority of our readers are paid church leaders with 43.5% serving full-time, 27.6% serving part-time (1-35 hours a week). In addition, 24.7% of our readers are volunteer leaders and many of our readers serve in contexts outside the congregation (schools, homes, hospitals, campus ministries, denominational offices, etc.)
- Our Readers Come From Churches Larger & Small: Our readers serve in churches of every size, with the majority of respondents serving in small and medium sized churches. Over 60% serve a congregation with an Average Sunday Attendance of 140 or less (32.4% serve a church with an ASA of 75 or fewer, 32.8% serve a church with an ASA of 76-140). In addition, 21.7% of our reader serve a church with an ASA range from 141-224, 10% serve a church with an ASA range from 225-800, and 3.1% serve a church with an ASA of over 800.