The Research Shows...Learn through the experiences of others
Learn what is working for churches, leaders, and congregations
Research, connections and best practices.
Our mission at Vibrant Faith is to re-create transformative Christian formation. We have spent decades of collective research gathering data and information about what makes faith formation lifelong, effective, and meaningful in the lives of all people of all ages. We provide you with access to the wisdom, insight, and experiences we have gleaned by sharing our research, helping disciples connect, and teaching best practices.
Read our Research
Learning is essential in continuing to grow and meet changing needs and shifting culture. Our team continuously grows our collection of decades of research in the fields of ministry and faith formation.
Check out our RESEARCH Projects
We have 3 ongoing research programs to keep up-to-date with the most effective practices in faith formation:
The C3 Initiative – Started in 2018, this three year program is exploring the idea of Calling with 24 churches from eight different denominations. Teams from our C3 churches work with Vibrant Faith Coaches to “Create a Culture of Calling” within their communities. Many of our recent blogs are stories of these churches exploring Calling (see below). This work is made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its Called to Lives of Purpose Initiative thus we are excitedly able to provide free services for these congregations as they grow and as their learnings reveal new insight we can share with others.
The 2019 Symposiums – In 2019, we hosted 3 Symposiums where participants joined together to share and explore research about maintaining lifelong faith formation. Throughout 2019 Vibrant Faith conducted research in congregations to identify the most effective practices in promoting Christian discipleship and faith growth and included a new survey of Christian congregations to uncover the most effective practices in faith formation. We produced a report of the research findings at the 2019 Symposiums.
Stay tuned for our new research project starting this year!
In order for churches to innovate, we have to be willing and eager to learn from one another. We believe in connecting people and connecting churches so that learning can be expanded and ideas can be shared.
How to CONNECT
We invite everyone to CONNECT with other churches who are succeeding (or struggling) and to learn from one another in community.
– Sign up to join Catalyst, our free online community.
We have a huge selection of free resources ranging from coaching tools, to research data, to Visual Faith exercises. These resources are grounded in training and evidence-based practices and are accessible to those who join the Catalyst Community. Beyond a huge selection of free resources we also offer ways to connect, communicate and ask questions with others in ministry. In joining the Catalyst Community, you enter a safe communicative space to share your thoughts and explore what is working in other areas. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask to join Catalyst today.
– Follow us on Social Media
You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We often share new ideas, thought-provoking quotes, upcoming ways to connect and learn, and provide quick, accessible, and generalized information for our followers.
Learn Best Practices
Research cannot just be studied. It must also be applied. We offer courses and training to help people discover ways they can apply the research we are finding. Thus, learning does not simply stop at an individual, but transforms a community.
How you can LEARN from our research
We invite those who wish to apply the research we have found to check out the following:
– Register for a Leading Well Event
If you are a church or ministry leader, a wealth of resources are available to help you expand your knowledge, self-care, and support system through attending one of our four day retreats, held annually in Florida (January) and Arizona (November). These retreats offer resources and training, and many participants share that some of their greatest learning and growth comes from connections and conversations with the community.
– Register for MasterClass on Catalyst
Full of wisdom pulled from our research, each MasterClass shares specific information to help you in your ministry areas. Learn by taking online courses with a variety of topics about faith formation and ministry.
– Sign up for a free 30 min Coaching Consultation
We will connect with you online or by phone to explore your leadership needs to see if our Coaching (for individuals, leaders, congregations, or cohorts) may be helpful for you. Through coaching, we utilize our research to guide you toward healthier outcomes and better ministry.
Check out these stories about some of our discoveries!
Pins of Peace: The Called People of Sacred Heart By Katya Kozachuk There’s a peculiar, but beautiful thing happening in the corners of Southbury, Connecticut. You’ll see people are walking through the town with identical pins attached to either their...
Imagination of Grace: A Reflection of Calling at Round Hill Community Church by Katya Kozachuk Just imagine. You are invited to a dinner in a quaint town that fills that coastal landscapes of Connecticut. A dinner hosted for nine people. And at this...
Calling From the Center Seat by Rev. Shonda Nicole Gladden Vibrant Faith C3 Coach I travel a lot; and by a lot, I mean A LOT! Coaching congregational teams, preaching, teaching, being present to family and friends across the globe, all involve me accumulating more...
If you have questions or would like to connect us about these programs and services, email us at email@example.com.
We look forward to talking to you about how we can help cultivate Vibrant Faith together.