Vital congregations radiate a certain kind of vibrancy, a friendly welcoming manner, and God’s tangible presence. Members have a sense of purpose, they support one another by nurturing each other’s faith, and they identify their spiritual gifts to be used in the congregation and the world.
The synod’s Congregational Vitality Team members are committed to helping congregations by offering the following resources:
- Renewal Process: A member of the team will work with your congregation to assess readiness for renewal and will walk alongside your congregation while renewal is taking place. Get started!
- Leadership School for Mission & Renewal: Get lay leaders in your congregation connected with 9-week training courses. Learn more here.
- Bold Like Jesus conference: This annual event is for all congregations for inspiration and learning about being bold disciples for Jesus.
- Coaching: Coaching is an interactive process between a congregational leader, a coach, and the Holy Spirit. Coaching trusts that the Holy Spirit will guide, enlighten and empower the process of self-discovery, marshal the needed resources to accomplish what is desired, and empower the change to achieve the desired results. Contact our NC Synod Coaching Coordinator, the Rev. Charlie Zimmerman, to be paired with a coach or to learn more about coaching.
- Congregational Best Practices: See a list of ministries happening in vital congregations. Might one of these be right for your congregation?
- Small Congregation workshops: These workshops are occasionally-scheduled as resources to small congregations. Stay tuned here for dates/times of upcoming workshops.
“Be trained to be a coach at the Fall 2017 Coach Launch event.”
He listens deeply…
I’ve engaged a coach for a couple of years now. He listens deeply, asks powerful questions, and helps me shape clear and realistic action plans that are a tremendous help in successfully leading the congregation that I serve.
—Pastor Greg Williams, Grace, Hendersonville
I am always amazed…
I look forward to my coaching time each month. I am always amazed at the clarity and guidance that this hour gives to my ministry. God’s Spirit permeates the space and God gives clarity and wisdom and guidance to me through the process. Having this time set apart guarantees that I spend some time re-centering and dealing with the most important things on my ministry agenda. It helps me to focus on what needs my true attention.
—Amy Daniels, Deacon, Christ-Providence, Charlotte