Certificate in Adult Formation Leadership


This certificate program is designed for adults in parish or diocesan ministry wishing to design, implement and facilitate adult learning and faith formation for all adults as Adult Faith Formation leaders/coordinators/catechists/facilitators in parishes or dioceses.


  1. You must take the Our Hearts Were Burning seminar or show evidence of a local course on the document before beginning the seven core courses.
  2. Complete the application form (use the link found below).
  3. Complete the 7 required courses for the Certificate in Adult Formation Leadership.
    1. Normal course and seminar fees apply.
    2. You are responsible for self-registering for all courses.
    3. It is HIGHLY recommended that the courses follow the set numerical order 1 through 7. However, we do allow the following variances with VLCFF approval:
      • AFL 1 must be the first course completed.
      • AFL 2 must be the second course completed.
      • AFL 3, 4, 5, and 6 can be taken in any order after completing AFL 1 and 2.
      • AFL 7 must be taken last after all other courses.
  4. VLCFF courses required for the Certificate in Adult Formation Leadership taken since January 2006 may count toward the certificate levels.
  5. Up to two courses taken with a diocese may be applied toward the Certificate in Adult Formation Leadership.
    1. The Diocesan Catechetical Leader is required to submit a letter to the Director of the VLCFF indicating that any course/s was equivalent to 2.5 CEUs (25 clock hours of work) and met the equivalent VLCFF course objectives.
  6. It is your responsibility to keep track of your progress in the program: Keep track of the courses you have taken, and when you have finished the program, contact Laura Franklin with your request for your certificate of completion.


If you are new to the VLCFF, please complete a user profile (in the Become a New Student page, click the link to create your profile). You must be logged in to see the registration link.

Required Courses

  1. Foundations and Vision of Adult Learning and Faith Formation
  2. Parish as Learning Community
  3. Many Faces of Adult Learners
  4. Facilitating Adult Learning and Faith Formation
  5. Leadership Roles and Skills for Adult Learning and Faith Formation
  6. Spirituality in Adult Learning and Faith Formation
  7. Designing and Implementing Adult Learning and Faith Formation

Required Textbooks for the Full Certificate Program

The following textbooks will be used in several of the seven courses for this certificate program. They are available through the links listed below. Additional materials may be required for individual courses within the program.

  1. Concise Guide to Adult Formation. Parent, Neil. Ave Maria Press, 2009. ISBN-10: 1594712085 ISBN-13: 978-1594712081
    Available here
  2. Building Community: Christian, Caring, Vital. Sofield, Loughlan; Hammett, Rosine; Juliano, Carroll. Ave Maria Press, 1998. ISBN-10: 087793648X ISBN-13: 978-0877936480
    Available here
  3. National Directory for Catechesis. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), 2005. ISBN-10: 1-57455-443-3 ISBN-13: 978-1574554434
    Available here
  4. Toward an Adult Church: A Vision of Faith Formation. Regan, Jane. Loyola Press, 2002. ISBN-10: 0829418067 ISBN-13: 978-0829418064
    Available here
  5. Echoes of Faith Plus: Adult Methodology - DVD and booklet. Publisher: RCL Benziger - ISBN: 978-0-7829-1156-5 - Item Number: RCLB-20596
    Available here
  6. Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States. ISBN: 978-1-57455-299-7. Booklet available from USCCB or online.
    Entire text online here