Purpose: To help our congregations view our changing culture as an opportunity and invitation to refocus energy and resources toward becoming communities of Jesus that nurture life-changing relationships with God, one another, and the world.*

 

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Vital Congregations* are places where. . .

  • Worship is dynamic and authentic

  • Leaders are respectful of boundaries

  • Leaders participate in and engage with their local communities

  • Members treat each other as fellow members of the body of Christ

  • Diversity is honored and respected

  • People are willing to engage in holy experiments & open to change & risk

  • Faith is nurtured

  • Gathering spaces are attractive and inviting

 

* This is the definition of vitality being used throughout the ELCA.

 

Why Participate in this Covenant?

 

Research from congregations in the Oregon Synod who participated in an intentional congregation vitality     process showed these long-term effects. . .

 

  • Theological imagination expanded -  able to articulate how God is active and how they join God in that activity

  • Clarified sense of purpose within God's mission

  • Increased mutual agreement with neighbors

  • Deeper congregational member connections with God, each other, and the world

  • New lay leaders identified and engaged

  • Increased mission support

  • Increased worship attendance

 

Congregational Vitality
Covenant:

 

Congregations that wish to begin an intentional process of growing their vitality enter into a covenant, which involves. . . 

  • Completing the covenant form

  • Taking the congregational vitality survey

  • Forming a team of at least 3 people in addition to the pastoral leader

  • Working with a coach who will be trained by ELCA churchwide and synod staff (meeting every 2 months)

  • Participate in all Vitality Track workshops

  • Developing and implementing ideas, including holy experiments, to become more vital

  • Cost: $250/year

Congregational Vitality
Surveys:

 

Every congregation is invited to take a congregation-wide vitality survey which helps them understand how they are connecting people to God, to one another, and to the world.

  • Cost to take the survey is $100 (Remaining cost is covered by a synod grant.)

  • Survey results are shared with council and leadership to provide a starting place for congregations to begin setting goals and priorities.

For questions or further information, please contact. . .​​

Congregational Vitality
Tracks:

 

Designed for rostered ministers and lay leaders. Each track will be on a Saturday, 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. at 3 locations across the synod.
Tracks can be taken as individual workshops and are open to anyone.
Cost to attend is $15 and includes lunch

  • Discerning/Listening to God, to one another, and to your community. (September 15, 2018)

  • Developing Dynamic, Authentic worship. (February 9, 2019)

  • Embracing Change and Leadership: Moving from fear of scarcity to gratitude for abundance.
    (June 22, 2019)

  • Nurturing life-changing relationships with God and one another

  • (TBA)

  • Engaging in our faith in the world

  • (TBA)

  • Faith Development and Faith Practices

  • (TBA)

 

This initiative is being funded in part through a generous gift from Faith Lutheran Church, Prairie Village, which closed in 2017 and dispersed its assets to fund ministry throughout the church and community.