for Church Renewal
is a doorway to renewal.
Although Vibrant Congregations is not a renewal organization, we are really good at helping congregations find their best partner for renewal.
A lot of work went into developing the Vibrancy Pathway, a conversational and interactive approach involving church leadership in discovering their best partner.
To assure that leadership listens well, we provide tools to listen to the voice of God, the voice of the congregation, and the voice of leadership.
This listening leads to a Friday/Saturday guided event where all information is gathered and reflected on.
This information leads to an Insights report and suggestions for a renewal partner.
This way of helping congregations cut through the clutter was the reason that the RCA and CRC committed to work through Vibrant Congregations for all renewal work in the original grant request from the DeVos foundation. The executive summary of the original grant stated:
The co-leaders, steering committee, and the reformed vision team are unanimous in recommending the creation of a joint RCA/CRC unit to provide congregational renewal and transformation for both denominations.
This new capability will enhance the teamwork between ministries and ministry staff at their point of engagement with congregations. The capability will have a focus on prayerful discernment of what is needed for each congregation, on collaboration that catalyzes innovation, and will embrace the current capabilities of both denominations involved in this work.
The work of Vibrant Congregations (RPCR) was pictured as follows with a commitment to engaging Vibrant Congregations to be the front door for renewal work in both denominations.
Here is what some of our partners are saying about the need for church renewal...
Congregations also asked for a place to go for renewal resources. Vibrant Congregations' response comes in several areas...
Life Cycle AssessmentThis assessment helps a congregation discover where they are currently in their lifecycle. (This then leads into the Discernment Process Pathway.)
Church Now ConversationsOne of the things that we love to do is develop leaders. Church Now Conversations does just that. We virtually bring in a leader and we ask them to tell us what they think the church needs to know right now.
Church Now CafeChurch Now Cafe is an interactive gathering (not a conference!) that is built to stimulate life-giving conversations among church leaders on what is happening with our identities (amidst all the many disruptions) and what opportunities are currently arising with the local church.
DevotionalsWe provide leadership devotionals that are sent weekly via email. They are a collaborative effort with Churches Learning Change, CRC's Women's Leadership Ministry, CRC Diversity, and the RCA's Women's Transformation and Leadership.
MissionInsiteMissionInsite is a community demographic analysis for the local church. It uncovers insights about the community around you. MissionInsite helps move from data to decisions.
Vibrant Congregations joyfully comes alongside churches to open the RIGHT door to their God-given, hope-filled future.We have worked with many congregations over the recent past that have benefited from building a relationship with us. They have chosen their door and are experiencing that hope-filled future.
Creating greater collaboration in church renewal is not only about local congregations. Another goal of Vibrant Congregations is to bring collaboration between renewal efforts in the denominations and outside renewal partners.
Vibrant Congregations has pursued this informally by sharing information about work being done in renewal with partners.
Formally, Vibrant Congregations has gathered two partners round tables to discuss best renewal practices and to learn what’s next in the world of renewal.
We are also participating in the Thriving Churches Lilly Grants of both denominations.