Congregational Vitality Initiative
The VST initiative for Congregational Vitality through Community Engagement connects parched leaders and congregations to best practice leaders, congregations and strategies that stimulate a holistic approach to being the church in the world. In its first three-year cycle, director Chris Pullenayegem hopes to position this as a learning exchange that will accompany, connect, equip and resource congregations and be known for researching, creating, curating and distributing resources that facilitate congregational vitality. Special attention will be directed towards the growing influence of migrant churches across North America and how the established church can learn and support them as they grow together.
Welcome to the Congregational Vitality Initiative. With generous funding from the Murdoch Foundation and the farsightedness of VST President, Rev Richard Topping, this project has been designed to help congregations create and develop pathways to health and vitality.
Our purpose is to stand in the gap between local congregations and denominations that are finding it increasingly harder to resource congregational health and vitality. By finding creative ways to Accompany, Connect, Equip and Resource congregations, we hope that our efforts would encourage and positively contribute to the growth and vitality of the wider Canadian Church.
The Vancouver School of Theology is called to educate and form thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders.
A list of curated reading resources that could inspire and re-imagine pathways to a healthy and vibrant congregation together with some practical strategies on how to get there.
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Perspectives and reflections on congregational vitality
Director, Congregational Vitality Initiative
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Vancouver School of Theology has been part of theological education in British Columbia for over 100 years—a rich, innovative tradition upon which to build. We are a direct descendent of a number of denominational institutions founded in Vancouver over the years.