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Managing Versus Resolving Healthy Church Tensions

  Some ministry tensions that exist in congregations cannot always be resolved, nor should they be.  Instead, these tensions- often referred to as polarities- must be communicated clearly and managed. Polarities exists when leaders must choose among more than one good...

Stories from C3: An End of Summer Update

  Our C3 churches are enjoying a busy Summer as they begin to implement their plans to build creative cultures of calling in their local congregations. It’s been exciting to learn about the different strategies, programs, and emphases that each church has committed to...

C3: Creating a Culture of Calling: June Update

  One of the things we’ve learned already in Vibrant Faith’s new exploration of “calling” funded through The Lilly Endowment’s Lives of Meaning and Purpose Granting Initiative is that calling is never once and for all; calling has seasons.  So now, as the mercury is...

Twenty-First Century Adult Faith Formation

By John Roberto (jroberto@lifelongfaith.com) The typical congregational adult faith formation program is a “one-size-fits-all” program—a Lenten speaker series, a small group renewal program, a Bible study program, a retreat experience, to name a few examples. The...

Because God is Always Calling

Hello Friends! Did you know that for many Christians, the reality that they are "CALLED" by God is not even on their radar screen? And that "calling" is not just for people in ministry, but for ALL OF US? AND that we have multiple callingS, and that they change...

The Future of Faith Formation

    Hello Friends!   We always want to give you something to think about.  This is the first installation of what will be a new montly feature from Vibrant Faith.--an article related to some aspect of our work re-creating transformative Christian formation.   We are...

What Is The Visual Faith Project?

    Simply put, the Visual Faith Project is about harnessing the power of images for spiritual transformation. The project is a method that is useful for all kinds of moments of spiritual transformation, including spiritual discipleship, scriptural engagement, and...

Intergenerational Faith Formation

    I never imagined a movie could have a tremendous impact on every generation in my church. That is until we went to see Marvel’s Black Panther together. Perhaps you are not someone who is well versed (or even particularly interested) in the newest Marvel Comic...

JUST FOR YOU–Vibrant Faith Institute

Introducing the New Vibrant Faith Institute. We’ve learned a lot in the past two years about providing online education for leaders in Christian faith formation. We’ve been listening to the experiences and learning needs of leaders in our...

GrowUp Already! (Part 2)

Personal Discernment: “Not Adulting Today” or Seeking God? When “adulting” leaves us feeling under -or over- whelmed, there is a strong temptation to crawl under the blankets, pull up a new series on Hulu, or go shopping with money that we...

Grow Up Already! (Part 1)

On my desk sits a yellow stress ball. A simple smiley face consumes its front while the back reads: “Not Adulting Today!”  It was a gift from a young adult colleague and I treasure it. What is Adulting? “Adulting” is a term from pop culture...

Becoming a Vibrant Faith Church

Our work will be done when EVERY Christian church is a vibrant faith church.  Are you with us? You know, the kind of communities of Jesus-followers where people's very lives and decisions are flowing from their faith in Jesus Christ. And when...

Are you adapting to the uniqueness of your leaders?

Pastors who struggle with their teams often state with pride that they treat all of their leaders the same. From my perspective, that’s a recipe for disaster. Effective leaders recognize that there is no single “best” style of leadership and...

Developing curious communities

  Regaining our sense of curiosity is essential for individual and organizational success. As children, we are naturally curious. We tend to lose this inquisitive trait, however, by the time we enter school. At Vibrant Faith, we’ve noticed that the same thing happens...

Dear Vibrant Faith Friends

Dear Vibrant Faith Friends, Vibrant Faith has always followed the Spirit into change--changes in God's world, changes in Christ's Church. At the same time, we are grateful that we are engaged with the same priorities that have always been in...

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