Church Vitality

Loving God, Each Other, and the World

Led by clear vision, vital congregations strengthen their relationship with God, nurture their relationship with others, and are a life-giving presence in the community.

Vital congregations embrace and reflect the fullness of the reign of God. Realizing that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, the NC Synod seeks to cultivate vital congregations through resources and leadership. Together, we model faith practices for all generations and give and serve generously.

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Planting Hope

Planting Hope is an intentional 18-month vitality process that helps a congregation have clarity about their purpose, and core values while establishing goals for the next 1-3 years. The process is embedded in Scripture and prayer and invites communities of faith to be transformed by the work of the Spirit for the sake of the world.

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Congregational Vitality Survey

The Congregational Vitality Survey is a simple, statistically-reliable tool developed by the ELCA Research and Evaluation Department. The answers to survey questions are used to compute an index or report which is made up of different scales. Each scale describes a different aspect of a congregation’s vitality in three areas: how members are connecting with God through examining spiritual growth; how members are connecting with each other through examining the social climate; and how members are connecting with the world through examining faith in action.

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Congregational Life Cycle

Every congregation has a life cycle including growth, vitality, decline, and even death. Watch this video on the Congregational Life Cycle taught by Pastor Danielle DeNise to explore where you are on the cycle and reflect on where God might be calling your congregation.

More resources to encourage congregational vitality will be added here. Stay tuned!

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