Congregational Training

How do we expand our understanding of church to include our homes?

The Vibrant Faith Ministries’ (VFM) Congregational Training events help you answer those questions and much more. As a result of our training, you’ll be rewarded by seeing members of your congregation begin to implement vibrant faith practices in their own lives and at church.

Our program equips congregations with a holistic approach to faith formation and leadership development based upon the core principle:

“Faith is formed by the power of the Holy Spirit through personal, trusted relationships—often in our own homes.”

Our Congregational Training events provide you with:

  • An overriding vision for ministry within your congregation and homes
  • A one-year ministry plan filled with specific strategies to take your ministry to the next level in evangelism and discipleship
  • A model of ministry to help shape the faith of the entire congregation.

Congregational Training can be done in a two or three day format depending upon the size of your congregation and staff.

Two-day Training:

  • A one-day seminar (usually held on a Saturday) leads the congregation into understanding effective faith formative practices and creates a “critical mass” of people who are ready to move the vision into action plans for themselves and the congregation.
  • Sunday preaching and teaching around the theme of passing on vibrant faith reinforces the Saturday event and expands the informed “critical mass.” Plus, a playful, cross-generational immersion happens during Sunday school. After the worship services, the trainer(s) meet with congregational leaders to begin developing a one-year ministry plan.

Three-day Training:

  • This program adds a day before or after the weekend event. It includes one full day of the VFM team working with the congregational staff and other key leaders to share and embed a vision of church as a partnership between home and congregation. A climate of trust, confidence and contextual listening sets the stage for the upcoming weekend training. Essential history is shared with the trainers to make recommendations more specific to the congregation.

Within a few weeks of the training, a Vibrant Faith Congregational Training executive report is sent to the congregation based upon issues addressed during the Sunday planning session. Additional plans are also made for ongoing coaching with Vibrant Faith Ministries’ to support the leaders with implementing the vision.

Call to find out more about hosting a Congregational Training for your congregation and receive a complimentary Leadership Assessment Tool. For more information, please contact Jim LaDoux at 877-693-7196.

“Vibrant Faith Congregational Training was extremely successful for our congregation. It helped us see things from a new perspective and gave fresh energy and enthusiasm to our leaders. We had an incredible turn-out for our event and everyone walked away feeling revitalized about the ministries of this congregation and their own faith journeys. It truly brought out people’s creativity and imaginations as they began to wonder what doing the Four Keys would look like for their various ministries and families. It was incredibly powerful (and a great deal of fun!) to observe so many generations sharing stories and praying for each other. I am so pleased with the possibilities for the future of this congregation and its people.”

Heather Hansen
Director of Youth and Family Ministries
MacArthur Park Lutheran Church
San Antonio, TX

“A great experience. Eye opening. Way more than I expected.”

Rob Anderson, Minnesota

“A vibrant and energizing experience where I was reminded that church is a living partnership between the home and the congregation.”

Rev. Karla Mickleson
Gloria Dei Lutheran Parish

“Vibrant Faith Ministries provides great information that’s easy to implement. We gained a wealth if ideas for transforming our congregation and community and I can’t wait to get started! This has been very energizing for us personally and I think it will be a game changer for our congregation.”

Group from South Dakota Conference

“This wonderful cross+generational event came out of our goal of living out the Five Principles and Four Keys. Each summer, we schedule a lunch gathering with youth and our OWLS (Older Wiser Lutherans) group. Using table tents, we invite caring conversations during the meal. Afterward, we have board games and electronic games (Wii) scattered around the fellowship hall. The youth & OWLS spend about an hour playing these games together. Last summer, I was taking photos, observing and encouraging. At one station, several people were playing Wii bowling. I walked up and Tyler, a youth, looked at me with a surprised look on his face and said, “Pastor Greg, she’s kicking my butt!” Betty, the OWL, rolled another strike and said with a smile, “I bowl all the time at Carolina Village.”

Pastor Greg Williams,
Grace Lutheran Church,
Hendersonville, North Carolina