Every Congregation Can Be Healthy

Every Congregation Can Be Healthy

by the Very Rev. Jeff Frost of All Saints', Redding

The work of developing healthy and vital congregations is supported by the Congregational Vitalization Committee (CVC). Members serve both individually and as a team as consultants for Strategic Planning, Vestry/Mission Committee  Retreats, Leadership Development,  Mutual Ministry Review, growing through conflict and revitalization and new ministry development.

You can find support and resources for your congregation either by contacting members of the CVC or by accessing materials on the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California’s website: www.norcalepiscopal.org/congregationaldev. Here you will find information on:

~ How to share the good news of Christ with others

~ How to be more effective in ministries and programs, and how to evaluate the health of your church

~ How to reach out to neighbors in need

~ How a congregation can embrace the multicultural nature of our communities in Northern California

~ How to improve the worship life of a congregation

~ How to effectively build relationships with youth and young adults

~ What to do to strengthen our Christian stewardship

~ How to learn more about "Total Ministry," also known as "Shared Ministry" and "Ministry of All the Baptized"

~ What a healthy and vital congregation looks like

In addition, small churches can find materials related to their specific opportunities and challenges here: www.norcalepiscopal.org/small-church-resources.

On April 27-28, the CVC will be sponsoring this year’s Bishop’s Conference on “Renewing the Church.”  This wonderful event will include excellent speakers and workshops along with dynamic worship. Every congregation in the diocese will find help and inspiration at this event. You can find information about the conference here: www.norcalepiscopal.org/bishopsconference.

Please be in touch with any member of the CVC for assistance in any of these areas. The members of the committee are the Rev. Jeanne Forte, the Very Rev. Jeff Frost, the Rev. Cliff Haggenjos, Bob Hall, the Rev. Ray Hess, the Rev. Deacon Cindy Long, and the Rev. Canon Britt Olson, Chair.

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