Vibrant Faith Ministries
Faith Formation Through Worship
A person regular in worship asked about a resource to help her better understand the Bible. This is a Holy Spirit moment. This person recognizes that there are things going on that they don’t quite get. The differences in culture and history, and even familiarity with all the people in the Bible, gets in the way of the message. We were able to suggest a resource from the library that might help fill in these gaps that the first readers of the Bible would have known instinctively. This curious person reports that she is growing in her understanding of the texts and that it is helping her feel firmer in her faith. Faith formation is going on.
Another moment happened between a parent and a child during worship. We were singing the sending song at the 11:00 worship hour, and the song got to a bridge between verses that went “Joy unspeakable, faith unsinkable, love unstoppable, anything is possible” and the parent turned to the young boy and sang those words right to him as if these words were for him. He smiled and turned back to the parent and they sang those words to each other with great joy, faith, and love and in that faith forming moment it was clear that, with God, anything was possible.
"The church is a living partnership between the ministry of the congregation and ministry of the home." Milestones Ministry
VIBRANT FAITH MINISTRY - What it means for our congregation
We are convinced that faith is formed by the power of the Holy Spirit through personal, trusted relationships, often in our own homes. Our experience is that the church is a living partnership between the ministry of the congregation and the ministry of the home. More and more we are seeing that where Christ is present in faith, home is church, too. As we think about our personal journeys and watch those of others we notice that faith is caught more than it is taught. It has also become clear to us that if we want Christian children and youth, we need Christian adults.
With this framework in mind we follow Four Keys for Practicing Faith:
Caring Conversations are the basis for those personal, trusted relationships.
Devotions are away to practice the presence of God through the Word of God.
Service to one’s neighbor is a calling that expresses the love for others that God has placed in us and gives us moments to be faithful to that calling.
Rituals and Traditions create patterns of behavior that reinforce the presence of God and communicate meaning for our lives.
This is the Vibrant Faith Framework that informs our ministries and our lives and which places Jesus Christ at the center of all we do in this congregation and in the homes of those who are connected to us.
Five Principles for living and passing on faith
1. Faith is formed by the power of the Holy Spirit through personal trusted relationships - often in our own homes.
2. The church is a living partnership between the ministry of the congregation and ministry of the home.
3. Where Christ is present in faith, the home is church, too.
4. Faith is caught more than it is taught.
5. If we want Christian children and youth, we need Christian adults.