The Office of Congregational Vitality assists church leaders in exploring new ideas for ministry and in establishing collaborative relationships and mutual support on churchwide, diocesan, and regional levels. Training events are offered throughout the year to help clergy and lay leaders develop and foster the practices and skills necessary for building a healthy church.


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June 28, 2011
The gospel lesson in the Revised Common Lectionary that was read on Trinity Sunday (June 19) this year in some Christian churches is the ending of the Gospel of Matthew. It is also known as the Great Commission. The words of Jesus, that we are to "make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19), has been used by Christians through the centuries as a club. The missionaries who accompanied...
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June 1, 2011
Some six years ago, St. Alban's Church in Waco, Texas, had an average Sunday attendance of about 115 and a school that was struggling to survive – and a new rector, the Rev. Jeff Fisher, who was determined to find solutions for the church's difficulties. Today St. Alban's has an ASA of about 185 and a thriving outreach ministry. On May 19, retired Bishop of Texas Claude Payne...
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May 31, 2011
Boston's 'Common Cathedral' doesn't have walls or stained glass windows, but the vistas that it provides are unparalleled. "Common Cathedral is name of the Ecclesia Ministries' worshipping community, which is primarily a ministry among the homeless in Boston Common," said the Rev. Bob Honeychurch, Episcopal Church officer for congregational vitality, in a press...
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May 11, 2011
St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Wantagh, Long Island, once experienced declining membership and dwindling resources, but today it is growing and reflects its local community, according to a press release from the Office of Public Affairs. The church is featured in the fourth of five videos in the "Transforming Churches, Changing the World" series produced by the Episcopal Church...
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April 1, 2011
St. Paul & the Redeemer in Chicago, Illinois, has transformed itself from a church once described as "conflicted" to a vibrant worshiping and social community with a diverse membership, music spanning the globe and the ages, and including a strong presence and participation of children in the liturgy and music, according to a press release from the Episcopal Church's Office of...