Vital Congregations

Welcome to the office of Vital Congregations in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Vital Congregations works with pastors, church committees and middle governing bodies to provide training, materials and consultation for all worshiping communities and in planting new congregations.

Evangelism Sunday

September 25th was the “official” 2016 date for Evangelism Sunday, but congregations can celebrate it at any time. This is a special Sunday designed to highlight the challenge and opportunity of evangelism. While all of us are not called to be like Billy Graham, we are all called to learn how to share our faith. And all congregations that wish to be vital and sustainable need to learn how to engage in this work. This year’s theme was ‘Turn to the Living God’ and a worship and education resource can be found here.


Starting New Initiatives

A process of prayer, discernment, conversation and reflection for congregations to decide how they can best minister in their particular context(s).

Find ‘New Beginnings’

Through The Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation, the  New Beginnings assessment and prayer discernment process helps churches make meaningful decisions about their future. Useful for congregations who are in various stages of their life cycle as they transform for future generations of mission and ministry.

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Evangelism curriculum engages the church in the gospel, discipleship, and mission

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Purchase Engage: Mission, Engage: Discipleship, and Engage: Gospel available in English, Spanish, or Korean by clicking here.

Engage helps create a disciple making church culture that emphasizes social justice and faith sharing.  It begins with the Jesus question, “who do you say that I am?”.  Order from church store or download the resource.  Also  Check out Engage short form video training


“Don’t let Fear Consume You”

Church hit by back-to-back hurricanes discovers new life through New Beginnings and Engage.

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Engage now with our evangelism coaching network

Find out how you can learn to share your faith, follow Jesus and serve your community—with coaching help.   On-site visits and regularly scheduled phone calls will help you reach people who will join you in God’s mission in your neighborhood.   Contact Ray Jones for more information.


“Resourcing Small Churches: Implementing the Small Church Residency Program Model in Your Presbytery or Synod” — Recording of the November 17, 2016, webinar is available for viewing on the PC(USA) YouTube Channel

The recording of “Resourcing Small Churches: Implementing the Small Church Residency Program Model in Your Presbytery or Synod,” a Nov. 17 webinar featuring the Rev. Cindy Cushman, Coordinator, Small Church Residency Program, and hosted by the Rev. Jana Blazek is now available for viewing here. The webinar presents basic components of the Small Church Residency Program—a two-year pastoral residency program for first-call pastors to serve small, underserved congregations in rural, small-town, and urban settings—to mid-council leaders who are interested in adopting this model within their presbyteries and/or synods as the program comes to a close at the national level. The program’s structure provides increased support and leadership development for new pastors serving small churches, as well as help providing the building blocks for a small church interested in revitalization.

Resources

Application for community organizing training scholarships

The Office of Church Growth, in partnership with the Presbyterian Hunger Program provides scholarships up to $500 to help Presbyterians attend training events run by the national networks of community organizing (such as IAF, PICO, DART and Gamaliel Foundation).

Starting New Initiatives

Starting New Initiatives is a process of prayer, discernment, conversation and reflection for congregations to decide how they can best minister in their particular contexts.
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