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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.

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
—Isaiah 43:19
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
—1 Corinthians 3:16
See, the home of God is among mortals…See, I am making all things new. —Revelation 21: 3,5

The Office of Vital Congregations has begun the Revitalization Initiative in 2017.

Vision

By the power of the Holy Spirit, and in authentic relationships with mid councils, we seek to equip, nurture and support church leaders to empower their congregations to renew, recover and live more fully into faithful discipleship to Jesus Christ.

Purpose

The purpose of the Revitalization Initiative is to work alongside leaders of existing congregations continually assessing, discerning and living into faithful actions that increase vitality through intentional spiritual practices that take them deeper into following Jesus Christ, so that their own lives are changed, congregations are transformed and the mission of God spreads throughout particular communities and the world.

The resources below can be used now to begin the work of revitalization in your church or Presbytery. Please note that these are drafts while we are in our pilot phase.

Vital Congregations Immediate Toolkit

Contact / For More Information
Denise Founder, Administrative Assistant for Vital Congregations
502-569-5088 or 800-728-7228, ext. 5088
denise.founder@pcusa.org


“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

Vital Congregations Immediate Toolkit

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? —Isaiah 43:19 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? —1 Corinthians 3:16 See, the home of God is among mortals… See, I am making all things new. —Revelation 21:… Read more »

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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