Congregational Vitality Initiative

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In order to breathe a Christ-led spiritual breath of fresh air into our leaders and congregations we have launched the Congregational Vitality Initiative.

This initiative is designed to provide resources and support to leaders, both laity and clergy, along with congregations of all sizes and types throughout the West Virginia Conference.

Each element of this initiative is voluntary on the part of the church or leader. While all the elements are designed to work together to help spur us on to greater vitality, they are also of value individually or in the combination best suited for you and your ministry.

This initiative is built on the strong foundation of:

  • The Great Commission of Matthew 28: 18-20

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

  • The West Virginia United Methodist Church Conference mission and our focus on discipleship and leadership.

Our Mission is to discover, develop, and deploy passionate spiritual leaders who make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Vital Congregations Are:

  • Spirit-filled, forward-leaning communities of believers that welcome all people (Gal. 3:28)
  • Places where disciples of Jesus Christ are made through the power of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:18-20)
  • Communities that serve like Christ through justice and mercy ministries (Micah 6:8, Luke 4:17-21)

Click here to download a copy of our Congregational Vitality Initiative brochure which you can share with others in your church

The Congregational Vitality Initiative contains the following elements:

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Coaching

Trained coaches available to provide support, encouragement and accountability to leaders and churches.

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Discipleship

The primary building blocks of vital congregations is the discovery, development and deployment of passionate spiritual leaders - in other words disciples of Jesus Christ who make disciples! Follow this link for ways your church may grow with discipleship pathways.

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Leadership Development

Small  groups with trained facilitators who covenant together to grow as ministry leaders (laity and/or clergy).

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Church Self-Study

A tool designed to aid a church to understand where they have been, where they are now, and where God is calling them to go as a ministry.

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New Church Starts

Research tells us that over 60% of the people who live within the West Virginia Conference do not have a strong connection to a local church.

We believe that new people tend to connect best to new churches. [Read More]

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Join the CVI Team

Do you have a passion for God’s Kingdom? Has God gifted you with the skills and experience to help others? As our conference moves forward with the Congregational Vitality Initiative we will be looking for clergy and laity to join our team.

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Workshops

Informative, interactive, and inspirational. Designed for district or groups of churches.

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Church Survey

Online tools designed to help a church gain insight into the readiness of their congregation to move into God’s future and reach its mission field.

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On-Site Consultations

Coming soo - an option for churches to engage with a team of trained church consultants from our conference!

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Short Circuit Articles

A collection of articles written by Ken Willard and others pertaining to Congregational Vitality, Leadership Development and Discipleship.

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Events

Looking ahead to events for clergy and laity alike! We have great opportunities for your team to hone your skills!

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Continuing Programs

Our conference has been doing many wonderful programs over the past few years to equip our congregations and leaders. This initiative is intended to build on those, not replace them.

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    Resources

    Follow this link for resources that will help your church learn more about your community and make disciples of Jesus Christ!

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    Congregational Development

    We believe that holy, healthy, loving faith communities can offer life and hope thru Christ in every place.  We work to design resources to help congregations build healthy systems to reach new people.

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    Partners

    This initiative is intended to be a team effort. There are many groups who have already joined in our efforts to transform churches and leaders throughout our conference.

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    Curious?
    Questions?

    Contact Ken Willard

    Director of Discipleship, Leadership and Congregational Vitality