Vital Congregations Initiative

As you may have already heard, the Presbytery of the Cascades has been invited to participate in the Vital Congregations Initiative.  Here is a letter from Brian and Clark.  It explains what this exciting news is all about and how your congregation can participate. Read Letter  But some important dates/details are outlined here:

  • There is a May 6-9 training held in Denver that is highly encouraged for the pastor and one congregational leader of each participating church;
  • Presbytery will be evaluating what level of financial support can be offered;
  • Pastors should anticipate being connected to a regional cohort that will likely meet three times during this first year;
  • The Vital Congregations Initiative is organized in three stages:
    • 2019—Presbytery Preparation
    • 2020—Relationship-Building and Congregational Assessments
    • 2021—Revitalization Initiatives

For More about the Vital Congregations Initiative Click Here

The momentum is strong. We have twelve churches committed for this first round of the Vital Congregations Initiative. Many of them will be sending representatives to the training in Denver on May 6-9.  These representatives will then become the core group helping launch the Vital Congregations Initiative more broadly in the presbytery. Expect to hear more about our second round in the weeks after our church leaders return from Denver.
We have the following four facilitators who will work with presbytery staff to organize and support the Vital Congregations Initiative in our presbytery:

  • Rev. Barbara Campbell
  • Rev. Jeff Binder
  • Rev. Susan Graham
  • Rev. Bob Stebe
Valley Community, Portland Community, Redmond
First PC, Medford Covenant, Gresham
Prineville PC, Prineville First PC, Corvallis
Reedville PC, Aloha Westminster, Eugene
Springwater PC, Estacada Community PC, Yachats
Aurora PC, Aurora Moreland PC, Portland


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