Cluster Training

Cluster Training

A Cluster Training event brings together multiple congregations for one day of training and one year of coaching to:

  • Learn the essential components for creating a culture of vibrant faith
  • Develop a year-long plan for integrating vibrant faith principles and practices
  • Gain access to a wealth of tools and resources to enhance your ministry efforts
  • Create ways to support and network with local congregations on faith formation, discipleship and community outreach

Participation in a Cluster Training event includes:

  • Interviews with staff and leaders to assess the strengths and weakness of the congregation
  • A Saturday seminar involving two or more congregations to inspire members and introduce them to vibrant faith principles and practices
  • Sunday preaching, teaching and a leadership brainstorming session at each congregation to energize members and to develop a year-long ministry plan
  • Each congregation receiving an Executive Report to guide their efforts in creating a culture of vibrant faith

Cluster Training is typically followed with several coaching sessions to ensure that your ministry goals are realized.

Benefits of Cluster Training and Coaching:

  • Bringing together the collective wisdom of Vibrant Faith Ministries and multiple congregations
  • Maximizing the impact of the Vibrant Faith Frame for the missional needs of a particular community
  • Offering a cost-effective way to gain expertise in faith formation, discipleship, stewardship and community outreach
  • Providing a tangible way for congregations to learn how to work together in sharing God’s love with their local communities
  • Best of all, it really works!

To begin the process of gathering a cluster of congregations and applying for a grant, contact Vibrant Faith Ministries or your local synod, district, diocese, presbytery or conference. For more information, please call 877-239-2392 or email

For more information, please contact Jim LaDoux at 877-693-7196.

“The men’s group at church was on its annual golf retreat. The event allows each member to bring a non-member. This is not used as a means of recruiting new members, but simply as a way to enjoy good fellowship with others. On Sunday morning, an informal worship service was held out by the pool as a way of “passing on faith” among the men. We used the “caring conversation” that we normally use as part of our bulletin insert each week. This particular session had the men discussing the question, “Where have you received help from others?” “Where have you felt God’s help in your life?” “How can you reach out to help others?” The conversations the men had were electrifying. Amazingly, the service continued as Sam, one of the non-members, suggested that in lieu of the morning’s lively conversation, the refund from the golf course (which each participant was to receive) should be sent to purchase stoves in Guatemala. This outreach ministry had been mentioned earlier in the morning’s “caring conversation.” All the men agreed. Once we arrived at the golf course, another non-member, Mark, handed me $100. He said he was moved by today’s service and wanted to extend the help to purchase another stove in Guatemala. I’m not sure that a formal sermon would have fostered a better spirit among the men than the use of passing on faith through simple “caring conversations” that allowed everyone to participate in a non-threatening manner.”

Pastor Tim Glenham
Morning Star Lutheran Church
Matthews, North Carolina