God has indeed called us to a robust life of faith, both as individuals and as we gather together in congregations, campus ministries, and outdoor ministries. This resource – Vital Congregations’ Faith Practices – is intended as an aid to you in your journey of faith as you respond to God’s summons to enter into a deeper relationship with God, with God’s people, and with God’s world.
Vital congregations and ministries nurture life-changing relationships
with one another,
with the world.
In future years we’re going to explore each of those emphases, but this year the focus will be on the first: Nurturing life-changing relationships with God.
Whatever your circumstance and experience – whether you are a life-long Christian who already employs a number of tools to enrich your spiritual life, a newcomer to simply the idea of a deeper relationship with God, or find yourself somewhere between those two poles – I’m confident you will benefit from these resources.
These disciplines have stood the test of time and have proven to be valuable in people’s faith walk. Some of what you find here may comfort you, some may challenge you. But I pray the result of your engagement with these resources is a deeper relationship with the God who calls each of us from darkness to light, from death into life
The Faith Practices Initiative of the ELCA urges members of this church to “put their faith into practice” by living out the promises contained in the liturgy for the Affirmation of Baptism.
Please include these fellow Central States Synod congregations and ministries in your Sunday prayer petitions.
Growing individually in our relationship with God
Growing together in our relationship with God
Growing our communities’ relationship with God