Congregational Vitality Initiative

In order to breathe a Christ-led spiritual breath of fresh air into our leaders and congregations we are launching 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:


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

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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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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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Mystery Guests

A service provided by Faith Perceptions where they will hire unchurched people to worship at your church and provide a report of those visits.

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

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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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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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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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    On-Site Consultations

    In 2021 we are planning to introduce an option for churches to engage with a team of trained church consultants from our conference.

    These consultations will include three stages:

    1. Pre-consultation—leadership development, church self-study, church survey, and an option for mystery guests reports, coaching.
    2. Consultation weekend—conversations with church leaders, focus group meeting, all-church training, preaching on Sunday, and a report with areas of strength and suggested next steps to become more vital.
    3. Post-consultation—coaching focused on completion of next steps and training workshops as required.

    All elements bathed in prayer and discernment for God’s Spirit to guide us and lead us forward to reach ONE more for the Kingdom.