Christian Formation

Become a Forma Member!  Top 10 Under 20

The Office of Christian Formation helps Episcopalians in the Diocese of Virginia live into their Baptismal Covenants by offering program and formation opportunities

The Office of Christian Formation works to strengthen programming while developing new opportunities for fellowship, worship, education and spiritual exploration. The Office aims to support a Diocese that is filled with healthy congregations that are able to equip and empower their parishioners of all ages in their journey with Christ.

Their ministry areas include youth and young adult formation; Shrine Mont Camps; diocesan-wide workshops; retreats; and Christian education programs.

  • Paris Ball, Director of Christian Formation
  • Mike Wade, Assistant to the Director of Christian Formation
  • Megan Nolde, Registrar & Communications Assistant for Shrine Mont Camps

The Virginia Episcopalian's Top 10 Under 20

The Virginia Episcopalian magazine is looking to feature young people of the Diocese who are inspiring others and making a difference in their congregation and/or community.

The Rules

  • Nominees must live in the Diocese of Virginia (includes college residency).
  • They must be 20 years or younger at the time of nomination.
  • Anyone can nominate a young person – kids can nominate kids, too!
  • The nomination must be signed by a clergy or vestry member of the nominee’s church.

Nominations are due by March 15.

Nomination forms may be scanned and e-mailed to or mailed to Paris Ball, Diocese of Virginia, 110 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23220.

Ten winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Virginia Episcopalian.

Become a Forma Member!

The Diocese of Virginia has established an official partnership with Forma, the network for Christian Formation Leaders. Forma is an organization which responds to the need for Christian Formation leaders to work alongside one another and supports those leaders through education, resource sharing and advocacy. Formation leaders at your church are now eligible to receive a free membership to Forma. This means that the lead for every single ministry area you have (youth, young adult, adult, etc.), is eligible whether volunteer, part time, lay, or clergy.

Your membership entitles you to:

  • Early bird registration for the Forma Conference
  • 25% off at Church Publishing Incorporated
  • Access to the Forma Listserv and Facebook Group where valuable resources are shared
  • A network of advocates at each General Convention who will look out for your rights as formation leaders, work to increase the integrity and professional identity of lay formation ministry, and aim to make the Church a community centered on forming disciples.

Ministry leaders who sign up for the Forma Membership will receive immediate access to all member benefits and will also be connected with other leaders in our Diocese. We are hopeful that these connections will, over time, result in more dynamic, innovative and supported formation ministries all across Virginia.

If you have further questions about Forma or this partnership, please visit their website at or be in touch with Paris Ball.

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