Vibrant Faith Ministries
Vibrant Faith Ministry:
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING! 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering
Faith formation sometimes comes through opportunities of service. Many of the Gathering youth, adult leaders, and congregations, in addition to participating in Service Learning Day, donated other gifts.
Our congregation gave very generously, especially through our Blast Off for Books campaign, Bible donations to congregations affected by Hurricane Harvey, and our tithe offering given onSunday during closing worship. Through the witness shown throughout the Gathering, our youth were inspired to give in many ways.
Austin and Jill started collecting their spare change in a cup holder on ourbus in Houston. They were inspired to make a difference with this change so challenged our entire group to donate our change to this collection because #changeiseverything! As a group, we decided our change would be donated to ELCA's Global Farm Challenge. On ourInteractive Learning Day, we had an opportunity to learn about this challenge and about how ELCA World Hungersupports global farming.We will also be bringing this challenge to the congregation for the rest of 2018 for everyone to donate their loose change to the Global Farm Challenge because, at times,...
#CHANGE IS EVERYTHING!
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.