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:
      • AFL 1 and AFL 2 can be taken either 1-2 or 2-1.
      • AFL 1 and 2 must be completed before taking AFL 3.
      • 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 Dorothy Mensah-Aggrey with your request for your certificate of completion.
  7. Upon registering for this certificate program, you will need to register for your first course in either January or July. You are not automatically registered for the first course by completing this application.


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. Additional materials may be required for individual courses within the program.

The following course materials are available at the VLCFF Amazon Store:

  1. A Concise Guide to Adult Formation. Parent, Neil. Ave Maria Press, 2009. ISBN-10: 1594712085 ISBN-13: 978-1594712081
  2. Building Community: Christian, Caring, Vital. Sofield, Loughlan; Hammett, Rosine; Juliano, Carroll. Ave Maria Press, 1998. ISBN-10: 087793648X ISBN-13: 978-0877936480
  3. National Directory for Catechesis. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), 2005. ISBN-10: 1-57455-443-3 ISBN-13: 978-1574554434
  4. Toward an Adult Church: A Vision of Faith Formation. Regan, Jane. Loyola Press, 2002. ISBN-10: 0829418067 ISBN-13: 978-0829418064

The following course materials are available through the web link listed:

  1. Echoes of Faith Plus: Adult Methodology - DVD and booklet. Available from http://rclbooksandmore.stores.yahoo.net/ - Adult Faith Formation Booklet (with CD-ROM), Item #20596
  2. Adult Faith Matters - DVD. Archdiocese of Detroit Adult Faith Formation, Office of Faith Formation/Catechesis, 2009. Available from the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives by e-mailing MMcCrate1@udayton.edu or calling 1-800-443-6348.
  3. 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 at http://old.usccb.org/education/ourhearts.htm