Congregational Vitality

Articles

June 28, 2011

The gospel lesson in the Revised Common Lectionary that was read on Trinity Sunday (June 19) this year in some Christian churches is the ending of the Gospel of Matthew. It is also known as the Great Commission. The words of Jesus, that...

June 1, 2011

Some six years ago, St. Alban's Church in Waco, Texas, had an average Sunday attendance of about 115 and a school that was struggling to survive – and a new rector, the Rev. Jeff Fisher, who was determined to find solutions for the church...

May 31, 2011

Boston's 'Common Cathedral' doesn't have walls or stained glass windows, but the vistas that it provides are unparalleled. "Common Cathedral is name of the Ecclesia Ministries' worshipping community, which is primarily a ministry among...

May 11, 2011

St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Wantagh, Long Island, once experienced declining membership and dwindling resources, but today it is growing and reflects its local community, according to a press release from the Office of Public Affairs....

April 1, 2011

St. Paul & the Redeemer in Chicago, Illinois, has transformed itself from a church once described as "conflicted" to a vibrant worshiping and social community with a diverse membership, music spanning the globe and the ages, and...

March 1, 2011

Changing with the neighborhood and addressing the needs of the community are the hallmarks for healthy congregational practices at Phoenix's Trinity Cathedral in the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona. "In many ways, it has been the cathedral...

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The Office of Congregational Vitality assists church leaders in exploring new ideas for ministry and in establishing collaborative relationships and mutual support on churchwide, diocesan, and regional levels. Training events are offered throughout the year to help clergy and lay leaders develop and foster the practices and skills necessary for building a healthy church.

Documents

Congregational Strategies For Comprehensive Evangelism and Outreach

Guidelines for search/calling committees on the calling process including: appointing a committee; setting a budget; communications; reviewing, visiting, interviewing, choosing and calling candidates. Revised: May 2009 (4th edition).

Following the life cycle of a congregation from birth, and how to reverse decline and avoid death.

La familia Cochel dio originalmente a la Iglesia Episcopal una granja en Missouri llamada Roanridge para proporcionar un establecimiento único en donde el clero episcopal, los seminaristas, y los laicos pudieran obtener un conocimiento...

Guidelines to help the search/calling committee make the interviewing process an effective tool to determine a good match between priest and parish. Revised: May 2009 (4th edition).

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An independent not-for-profit institution that offers seminars for congregational leaders both clergy and laity on topics such as congregational transformation, planning, and leadership.

We acknowledge that God works through all people, all times, and all circumstances. We believe the church is the body of Christ and proclaims Christ to the world. Each person in the body is uniquely called and gifted for ministry. In the context of theological reflection, Living Stones exists to support, challenge, and strengthen ministry. Living Stones is a partnership of Anglican and Episcopal communities of faith engaged in mission and committed to the ministry of all the baptized.

Videos

Meet Leigh Foster, a member of the Boston-based congregation The Crossing.

Church of the Apostles, in Seattle, is exploring how to create a new expression of church by combining traditional and contemporary elements.

Join the Rev. Bill King as he walks us through a small town church in rural Alabama.

St. Paul and the Redeemer, a church combining two congregations engages their congregation and their communtiy to become a thriving church that welcomes all inside it's doors.

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