Our Vibrant Faith Research Projects

Creating a More Vibrant Faith Through Innovation

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Join us in the future for more information about our Thriving Congregations and All Called Initiatives. We are continuing to add opportunities to grow and learn how to best empower churches and leaders toward a more vibrant faith.

Creating a Culture of Calling

A Vibrant Faith Initiative | 2018 – 2021

What is C3? 

We’re Creating Cultures of Calling with 24 churches from eight denominations throughout the United States in a hub for innovation around the theme of “calling” and known as the C3 Initiative. Teams from our C3 churches work with Vibrant Faith Coaches to Create a Culture of Calling” in their churches over the span of three years.   We are in our second year together and continue to learn amazing new insights.

To learn more about the transformational power of Creating a Culture of Calling at your church, email Nancy at ngoing@vibrantfaith.org.

This work is made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its Called to Lives of Purpose Initiative. Vibrant Faith is one of 12 organizations receiving grants to help form innovation hubs that assist congregations in developing and testing new ministry models to help Christians discover and claim their callings.

What we are Discovering

– Calling Spirituality is a different way of seeing the world.

– Calling Spirituality asks us to engage specifics of people’s journeys.

– Getting to the specifics and particularity of people’s lives is key.

– Creating a Culture is an adaptive change process for a church.

– A theme that forms faith (like “Calling”) can and does help people make adaptive change happen throughout the entire church.


Through this initiative, Vibrant Faith and the 24 participating congregations are working together to produce three major outcomes:

  1.  Congregations will create a congregational culture where calling is infused into all aspects of church life.
    We should see evidence of:
    a) The concept of “calling” permeating the life of the community, its ministries, and relationships among people
    b) people participating in formation experiences and engaging in sharing stories of callings
    c) people describing who they are (identity) and how they live in terms of their callings
  2.  Congregations will develop a lifelong approach to discovering callings and nurturing vocation.
  3.  Congregations will nurture calling and vocation with people of diverse religious engagement—those actively engaged in living their faith and participating in the faith community and those who are spiritual but not religious (not involved in a faith community) and those who are unaffiliated religiously and spiritually.

How is YOUR "Culture of Calling" in your own life?

Wish to “Create a Culture of Calling” at your church?

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