About Courageous Faith Consulting

Courageous Faith Consulting began with my earliest work as a peace educator in a Montessori pre-school in Auburn, New Hampshire. My passion, drive, and commitment were focused on nurturing the spirits of these little people in my care – and in supporting their families. I have always believed that the best way to effect change is to start with the youngest among us.

Making a Difference

In working with these kids and their parents, we were able to create environments both at school and at home where

  • The community was spiritually nurtured
  • Children were supported in developing their independence
  • Families engaged in peaceful conflict resolution
  • All learned how to be compassionate, global citizens.

For me, it was work that mattered; work I was passionate about and work that would make an impact.

Meet Kim

Kim Sweeney is a credentialed Religious Educator and independent consultant who worked for seven years as the Lead for Faith Formation and Safe Congregations on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s New England Regional staff team. She is the author of The Death of Sunday School and The Future of Faith Formation. She is a sought-after presenter and workshop leader, and has led programs coast-to-coast in 15 states….and counting!

When Kim isn’t busy thinking about the complex realities of congregational life or looking to start another revolution, she can be found working on home improvement projects she knows nothing about, talking to her chihuahuas (who still haven’t talked back), and spending time with her two six-foot-tall teenage daughters.

 

“I am committed to strengthening the future of faith formation and will bring the passion, faith, and energy required to facilitate bold experimentation.”

 

From the Classroom to the Congregation

Becoming a religious educator in a congregational setting allowed me to do much of the same work – but with far more families. At school, I could support the families of 30 kids; in my congregation, I could support the families of 120 kids.

A few years later, I seized the opportunity to work at the district, and then regional levels to coordinate with 230 congregations throughout New England, expanding the reach of the work to thousands of families.

But I still felt like there was potential to have an even greater impact, and I was able to clarify that potential in writing The Death of Sunday School and the Future of Faith Formation.

Drawing on my two decades as an educator, religious professional, and leader allowed me to really hone and own my vision for the future of faith formation. My vision of developing a future of faith formation combines all that being a peace educator entails with every aspect of the work I have done since as a religious professional.

Saying Yes

Three months after writing Death of Sunday School, in the span of a single day, it became crystal clear to me that to effect change at the level I was hoping for – to have the greatest impact and to really embody my vision – I would need to take a ginormous leap of faith.

I felt it so strongly and with such fierce conviction that I decided to give my notice and walk away from my position of seven years without any idea of what would come next. I was saying YES to something new without answering any of those pesky HOW questions. I was doing the thing I had been asking our congregations to do: to say yes to the future of faith formation without actually knowing how to do it!

Instead of feeling fear, I was feeling exhilarated. I had faith that it would all work out. I sat down with my daughters – then both in high school – and asked for their thoughts. Moving forward with this would put us in a financially precarious situation and impact their lives as much as mine. With their support, excitement, and encou ragement, Courageous Faith Consulting was born the next day.

The Vision

My vision for the future of my own ministry is to spark and sustain a courageous revolution, really changing the ways in which we approach and resource faith formation in our congregations and our communities. I want to continue to inspire, challenge, and equip our religious professionals and lay leaders to do the hard work of managing change within their congregations and within their denominations.

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