Congregational Vitality

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Strong, vital congregations

  • encourage their members to deep faith and vibrant, active spirituality
  • offer a sense of community and safe relationships among members, and
  • are engaged in helping solve the problems of their neighborhood, and beyond.

Our Synod supports and encourages congregational vitality in several ways:

The Vitality Team supports congregations seeking to revitalize their spiritual life and service with resources, coaching, and several grant programs.

Vital congregations require a stable base of fiscal support. The Generosity Team provides resources, monthly stewardship tips, regular workshops, and consultations to help congregations go beyond meeting a budget to encouraging members to be generous stewards of their whole lives and resources.

We empower leaders by developing initiatives to help rostered ministers and their congregations adapt to the changing environment the church faces in the 21stCentury. For example, a cohort of leaders from our Synod are part of the multi-year Leadership for Faithful Innovation program, led by Luther Seminary through a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.

Our Synod hosted the first synod-level pilot program to help congregations explore cross-generational (Cross+Gen) approaches for faith formation, involving 1-in-10 of our faith communities.

We offer a number of programs to help congregations keep youth and young adults engaged in the church, including junior- and senior-high youth gatherings, retreats, servant trips, and occasional young-adult brunches. [ sepayouth.org]

The Brave New Church initiative sparks conversations and shares ideas about the brave, new, post-Christendom world in which we minister. Check out our Brave New Church podcast!

 

For more information contact: Mercedes Lee, 267.323.3752, mlee@sepa.org, to be put in touch with the correct person.