About Us

We equip ministry leaders to fuel vibrant faith in vital Congregations and homes by helping leaders become...


One-of-kind research projects help us to spotlight the “pain points” of parents by using creative listening techniques.


Resources, coaching strategies, and Training integrate new faith practices into everyday life and fuel families’ faith- forming influence.

Parent Focused

Cultivating congregations as partners in “Familying”- teaching parents to raise children who bind faith to their hearts and minds.


Meet the Leadership Team

Rick Lawrence

Executive Director

Rick is a ministry leader and an award-winning author, journalist, cultural researcher, editor, and national speaker—he was executive editor of GROUP Magazine for 33 years (winner of the Folio Award for magazine excellence). For many years he led Group Publishing’s Youth Ministry Resourcing Team and served on its Adult Ministry Resourcing Team. He’s also an experienced researcher, conducting large-scale social science research projects in the ministry community. He creates and leads interactive learning experiences and trainings for church and cultural leaders, parents, and teenagers—both in-person and online. He’s host of the popular podcast Paying Ridiculous Attention to Jesus, now in its sixth year, and he leads a “home church” for young adults with a crazy-long name: Pursuing the Heart of Jesus, Not His Recipes. He’s married to Beverly Rose and has a 22-year-old daughter named Lucy Rose and a 18-year-old daughter named Emma Grace Contact: rlawrence@vibrantfaith.org

Dr. Nancy Going

Director of Research & Resource Development

Dr. Nancy Going still loves working with kids as a volunteer in Children’s Chapel at her church. She has spent her career in ministry leadership with youth. Nancy came on board the Vibrant Faith team as Executive Director in 2014 after teaching and providing leadership at Luther Seminary in the Children Youth and Family Ministry Masters Degree Distributed Learning Program. She has authored articles, curriculum, and contributed to books. Nancy lives in Durham, North Carolina with her husband Art, an Anglican priest, and they have launched two new families from their children. You can connect with Nancy on the Vibrant Faith blog, Facebook, or Twitter. Contact: ngoing@vibrantfaith.org | 877-239-2492 | 615-585-9076 Connect: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter

Jim Ladoux

Director of Coaching Services

With a breadth of experience coaching literally ALL kinds of congregations that flows out of his master’s degree in organizational development and strategic planning, Jim is masterful at helping leaders like you and organizations like yours. He’s also one of the most interested listeners you will ever meet. Jim cares deeply about helping your congregation move from the surface to Vibrant Faith. He is the author of Surface to Soul, a coaching workbook, and tends that movement on surfacetosoul.org, our coaching website. For more than 20 years, Jim served congregations as a youth minister, and continues to be a faith shaper in the lives of young people through his local church in Burnsville, MN, where he currently serves on the “culture” task force. Jim is married with two teenaged boys. Contact: jladoux@vibrantfaith.org | 877-239-2492 | 952-405-7302 Connect: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter
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