Congregational Vitality Training Event | August 21-23, 2019

Christ Lutheran Church | 701 S. Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21230-3800


Congregational Vitality Training Event Agenda 

Does Jesus Matter? Journey to the Heart of the Gospel

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith.” Romans 1:16

Tracks Offered

Mission Development Training with nine Specialized Learning Tracks: African National Churches / Asian Churches / Church Launch / Churches Starting Churches / Multicultural Churches / Postmodern Churches / Poverty and Justice / Homeless and Justice Ministries Network / Red Ecumenica para el Desarrollo de Iglesias Latinas (REDIL) / Latinx Churches Network /  PLUS, a special track for Newly Organized, Consolidated & Merged Congregations

Cohort Development Gatherings (by invitation only): African Descent Churches / American Indian – Alaska Native Churches / Arab – Middle Eastern Churches  / Recovery and Reentry Cohort

Vital Congregations Cohort (formerly called “redevelopment,” with experienced practitioners, organized by Nancy Nyland)

Synodical Vitality Focus Group (developing a synod support system, with Dave Daubert and Richard Jorgensen)

DEM Synod Vitality Strategy Planning Conversation (with Keith Zeh and Maristela Freiberg)

DEM Collaborative Conversations (ad hoc topical conversations among DEMs with colleagues)




7:15 am           Board Buses; 7:30-7:45 am, Buses depart for Christ Lutheran Church | or 15-min. walk to church

7:45-8:30 am  Registration Check-In, Christ Lutheran Church Narthex

8:10 am           Gather for Worship, Sanctuary

8:15 am           Worship and Praise                                         

8:30 am           Welcome, Announcements, Logistics

Congregational Vitality in the ELCA

9:00 am           “Why Jesus Matters to Me,” Testimony

9:05 am           Morning Prayer, Liturgy and Song

9:15 am           “The Beauty and the Practice of Evangelism,” Bible Study

10:00 am         Song

{10:00 am REDIL exit to meeting room space}

10:10-11:00 am   One-to-One Relational Training: Introduction and Practice

11:30 am – 5:00 pm     Follow Your Group Schedule

5:00 pm           Load buses or walk back to hotel — EVENING FREE

You Are Invited to a CV Social! Gather in the LB Skybar, 19th Floor, Lord Baltimore Hotel Rooftop Tonight, 8:30 – 10:00 pm. Join the CV Team for Fellowship and Appetizers!



7:15 am           Board Buses; 7:30-7:45 am, Buses Depart for Christ Lutheran Church

8:00 am         Worship and Praise , Sanctuary

Morning Prayer, Worship, Testimonies, and Music

8:45 am         “Why Jesus Matters to Me” — Turn to your neighbor and share!

8:55 am         Hymn

9:00 am         Leadership, Vision and Strategy: Synod Presentation and Facilitated Conversations on Leadership

9:45-10:15 am             BREAK / TRANSITION

10:15 am – 3:15 pm          Follow Your Group Schedule

 (1:15-2:30 pm: ALL SEMINARIANS GATHER with Ruben Duran and Key Leaders in Fellowship Hall)

3:15-3:30 pm              BREAK / TRANSITION

3:30 pm           Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Sanctuary

3:45 pm           AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities)

3:55 pm           Being a Multicultural Church

4:15-4:40 pm  Informal facilitated conversations on being a multicultural church

4:45 pm           Load Buses or walk back to hotel — EVENING FREE

Optional: Arrange your own group or join the CV Team group to attend Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 7:05 pm start. See your event invitation for the link to attend with the CV Team.



7:30 am           Board Buses; 7:45-8:00 am, Buses Depart for Community Lutheran Church

8:30 am – 1:15 pm             Follow Your Group Schedule


1:30-2:30 pm  Closing Worship and Commissioning, Sanctuary

Offering: Today’s offering will support New Starts in the Delaware – Maryland Synod. Make checks payable to ELCA.

2:30 pm  Depart directly (on your own) for the airport by 3:00 pm OR board bus / walk to Lord Baltimore Hotel


EVALUATION: Remember to complete your event evaluation and return it to your facilitator or drop it off at the registration desk before you leave today!

PLEASE SAVE THESE DATES: Congregational Vitality Training:
February 18-21, 2020

If you have just completed Part 1 of your Mission Developer Training, please plan to return for Part 2 and bring two lay leaders.

If you have just completed Part 2 of a Mission Developer Training, you do not need to return.

Go in Peace. – Serve the LORD. – Thanks be to God!

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith.” Romans 1:16


by Kris A. Mainellis, program director for communication and events