VITAL CHURCH MODULES

As part of our on-going rhythm of exploring “why” and “how” church, and equipping ourselves for leadership in ministry, Vital Church Gatherings will take place 3 times a year: Fall, Winter, & Spring. Gatherings will be in-person, online, or hybrid depending the topic and time of year!


Upcoming Events:

  • Vital Church: Community & Welcome

    Date: Saturday, May 4, 2024

    Trinity Lutheran, Jamestown & on ZOOM

    "All are Welcome!" is our bold proclamation and invitation, but are there ways to more fully embody this welcome for the sake of community and belonging? How might we increase who is able to experience our invitation? Together we will explore how we might create more accessible and community-centered spaces and gatherings. Individual registrations are welcomed, though attending as a congregation team will create more opportunities for wondering in community!


    Registration information coming soon!

more about vital conversations for church leaders

Needing a jump start of new ideas? Looking for conversation partners to explore options? Are you a new ministry leader? Join these vital conversations for church leaders to explore new ideas, learn in community, and foster creativity in ministry. The guiding principles for our vital conversations are:

  • Foster community and creativity
  • Facilitate spaces for co-creating and co-learning
  • Deepen Discipleship
  • Adapt/Strengthen Structures for Mission


We will take a deep dive on various topics through 1-day gatherings, with in-person and digital options available. In addition, optional post-event conversation cohorts are available. 


past events


  • Vital Church: Communication  & Community (Past event) 

    Saturday, May 6th, 2023 10am-4:30pm

    Messiah Lutheran Church, Fargo

    This session focused on how we show up as leaders in our contexts and how to navigate and manage systems in order to foster healthier conversation and communities.

  • Vital Church: MODELS FOR MINISTRY (past event) 

    Thursday, October 26, 2023

    Trinity Lutheran, Cooperstown


    Both the church and the world look different today than they did 5, 10, 20, or even 50 years ago! What needs to be adjusted for the sake of a vital and sustainable witness? How might we shape and adapt how we do church to fit who we are today? Together we will explore structures for shared ministry, leadership, worship and community partnerships, learning with and from leaders who are exploring new ways to make ministry work!


  • Vital Church: Models for Ministry Introduction (Past event)

    Sunday, November 12, 2023

    ZOOM


    Both the church and the world look different today than they did 5, 10, 20, or even 50 years ago! What needs to be adjusted for the sake of a vital and sustainable witness? This shortened version will give an introduction to different models and structures for congregations and leaders interested in beginning this conversation.