Empowering Congregations to take fresh steps in ministry and mission.
Vibrant Congregations walks with congregations through a discernment process (Vibrancy Pathway) that includes conversation, prayer, discernment instruments, and more conversation. The end result of this process is the church discovering its best partner(s) to take fresh steps in ministry and mission.
Why Vibrant Congregations
There are many groups that will work with your congregation to take fresh steps. The question is, “Which one will best fit our congregation?” Vibrant Congregations assists you in discerning your best partner. This makes us unique from other organizations. Using the Vibrancy Pathway we point you to the best partner who can help your congregation pursue it’s God-given, hope-filled future.
- prayerfully discern God’s fresh steps in ministry and mission
- collaborate with and learn from other congregations
- discover creative and innovative ways of being on God’s mission in the 21st century
- build effective and mission focused leadership
- participate in God’s mission of transforming lives and communities for God’s glory
- plant new churches throughout the world
What is vibrant congregations
Vibrant Congregations is a joint endeavor by the RCA and CRC to assist churches in discerning the best partner organizations to connect with to take fresh steps in ministry and mission.
Vibrant Congregations serves all churches that are seeking to take fresh steps in being vibrant communities of Jesus.
“Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.”
Revelation 2.7,11,17,23; 3.6,13,22
At the beginning of the book of Revelation Jesus tells John to write to the angels of the seven churches of Asia Minor. As words go to each of these churches there are commendations to the churches for what they’ve done well, calls to the churches to examine where change needs to happen, and warnings to the churches. The story of each of these seven congregations have resonated with congregations for centuries. In these stories congregations find their own story sometimes with glad hope, sometimes with sober discomfort, and sometimes with quiet squirming. As congregations have heard the stories of these seven churches they have also heard the words addressed to Each letter carries these words, “Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.”
Vibrant Congregations works with churches to hear God’s word’s of celebration for the congregation’s life and ministry, God’s call for change, and to hear warnings so congregations can participate fully in God’s mission. Together we listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.