Vital: adjective – 1. absolutely necessary or important; essential. 2. full of energy; lively. | Congregation: noun – a group of people regularly attending a particular place of worship. Vital Congregations are essential and lively Christian communities. The Vital Congregations series explores the common attributes thriving churches have which make them essential and lively Christian communities. The Rev. Jay Lawlor draws on over fifteen years of ordained ministry and current best practices from the Episcopal Church and other Christian groups.


Practice Generosity: Stewardship of Time, Talent, and Finances – Vital Congregations Series

Vital congregations practice generosity in stewardship of time, talent, and finances. Jesus looked to the generosity of others to fund his movement. He also knew ...
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Connect: Deepening and Expanding Faith Journeys – Vital Congregations Series

Vital congregations are committed to deepening their own faith journeys and expanding the circle to welcome others to explore faith in a meaningful way. Human ...
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Form: Innovative Christian Programs – Vital Congregations Series

Vital congregations offer innovative programs in forming Christian disciples, particularly for children and youth. Many congregations offer the same-old-same-old Sunday School programs (often with dated ...
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Engage: Outreach with Community – Vital Congregations Series

Vital congregations have missions and visions which are outward-focused. They go beyond the church walls to serve as Jesus in the world. The late Archbishop ...
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Evangelize: Inviting and Welcoming – Vital Congregations Series

Vital Congregations invite and welcome others to "come and see" how we follow Jesus and to help make disciples of all nations. Many Episcopalians are ...
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Introduction to Vital Congregations Series

With over fifteen years of ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church, I have experienced a lot of what works, and what doesn't work, in the ...
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