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 various resources. Explore them on this page.
Bold Like Jesus conference
This annual event is for all congregations for inspiration and learning about being bold disciples for Jesus.
Coaching is partnering with a person or team to help them discover what God wants them to do and then succeed in doing it. The coach does not tell the person or team what to do, but helps them discover it for themselves. For information about becoming a coach or receiving coaching, contact Pastor Charlie Zimmerman.
Congregational Best Practices
See a list of ministries happening in vital congregations. Might one of these be right for your congregation?
Congregational Vitality Project
The Congregational Vitality Project helps congregations understand what vitality means, how vital the ELCA is now, how vitality can be cultivated, and how the ELCA can foster cultivation. Congregations may sign up for an online survey and view their own vitality profile.
Small Congregation workshops
These workshops are occasionally-scheduled as resources to small congregations. Stay tuned here for dates/times of upcoming workshops.