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Vibrant Faith Ministry:

Faith Formation Through Personal Trusted Relationships

It’s the grandmother who goes to Sunday school Opening with her grandson and sings church songs and shares offering with him, the other children and caring adults.

It’s the “pew grandma” who shepherds a toddler on her lap through worship when she has toddled away from her family after the children’s sermon.

It’s the godparent reading Bible stories to her godchildren.

It’s the couple who helps others get to worship.

It’s the mentor going out for a piece of pie with his/her young person.

It’s the parents who take the table prayer cube to their son’s home, so they can pray together with his young family before meals.

It’s the parent who buys the t-shirt with a faith statement for her son to wear under his sport uniform during the Sunday game.

It’s the youth helping others taste and see a tiny glimpse of their Youth Gathering service, learning, and worshiping experience.

This is Vibrant Faith. This is, the members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. This is cross-generational ministry. This is a culture that forms faith. This is the body of Christ — in the congregation, community, and world. Fed, nourished, and sent; “Sharing the Bread of Life [in Word and deed, with each other] with a hungry world.”

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.

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