Vital Congregations Initiative

Vital Congregation is a process that brings mid council leadership & leaders of existing congregations together to assess, discern and live into faithful actions that change lives, transform congregations & spreads the mission of God.

The resources below describe the Vital Congregations Initiative and its presence within the Presbytery of Lake Michigan.

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Learn about the life cycle of a worshiping community and the 7 Marks of Vital Congregations in this Vital Congregations Initiative overview. The document also includes survey tools and devotionals to help a congregation discern whether they should join this journey. Print this copy to share with your local church leaders.

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Presentations about the Vital Congregations Initiative by Dr. Kathryn Threadgill, associate for vital congregations in the Presbyterian Mission Agency, were part of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan’s retreat and Stated Meeting in September 2018. See the information she shared in a copy of her workshop handout.

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Leaders within the Presbytery of Lake Michigan plan to submit an application
seeking to become one of 20 presbyteries with whom the PC(USA) Vital Congregations Initiative will enter a two-year covenant. As part of its application, PLM must define how many of its congregations wish to enter this intentional alliance.

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Presentations about the Vital Congregations Initiative by Dr. Kathryn Threadgill, associate for vital congregations in the Presbyterian Mission Agency, were part of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan’s retreat in September 2018. See a copy of the presentation used during her keynote and workshop sessions

Other links to information about Vital Congregations:


Office of Vital Congregations in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/theology-formation-and-evangelism/vital-
congregations/

September 2019 – Stated Meeting Presentation by Rev. Scott Crane

PowerPoint Format | PDF Format

February 2018 – Vital Congregations Revitalization Initiative gets underway

https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/vital-congregations-revitalization-initiative-gets-underway/

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