Resources

Congregational Life Ministries offers a set of Bible study tools for congregations and districts embarking on the Vital Ministry Journey.

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Prayer Practices: A Bible Study for Congregations on a Vital Ministry Journey

A prayer practice is to take the time learning to listen to God and seeing God at work in our lives. Prayer practices is becoming aware of the distractions of our minds and letting them go. As we practice the discipline of prayer, we become more skilled at seeing God in all we do. The resource, Prayer Practices is an invitation to a journey of listening, reflecting, sharing, and releasing ourselves to the abiding and guiding Spirit of God. Tara Hornbacker, Professor of Ministry Formation-Missional Leadership-Evangelism at Bethany Theological Seminary created this study.

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Study, Sharing, and Prayer: A Bible Study for Congregations on a Vital Ministry Journey

The foundational study in the Vital Ministry Journey, six sessions introduce small groups of three to five people to Bible listening, shared prayer, and the mutual invitation conversation process. Texts such as 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 and John 15:12-17 consider God’s mission in the world and how the church participates in that mission as disciples of Jesus.

Coaching and accompaniment through the district or Congregational Life Ministries are recommended for congregations using this study.

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Estudio, Compartir y Orar: Un Estudio Bíblico para Congregaciones en un Camino del Ministerio Vital

Este es el estudio fundacional en el Camino Vital del Ministerio. Las sesiones, diseñados para grupos de tres a cinco personas, introducen prácticas espirituales como escuchar la biblia, la oración, y el modelo de Compartir por Invitación Mutua. Textos bíblicos como 2 Corintios 5:17-19 y Juan 15:12-17 consideran cual es la misión de Dios en el mundo y como la iglesia participa en esta misión como discípulos de Jesús.

Se recomienda usar este estudio en colaboración con entrenadores del distrito o de Congregational Life Ministries.

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Vital Passions, Holy Practices: Exploring Spiritual Gifts

This four-week Bible study on spiritual gifts provides study materials for use by individuals and congregations wanting to live more fully out of their areas of calling and giftedness. It is meant to support churches in a process of personal and shared discovery, helping congregations identify the gifts and strengths of members and affirm those gifts within the life of the community.

After carrying out the study of spiritual gifts in triads, congregations that are in the Vital Ministry Journey will be encouraged to move from Bible study about spiritual gifts into a conversation about passions, strengths, skills, and motivations of church members, aided by a gifts inventory. These discoveries help churches make space for individuals to live out their passions and gifts within the context for shared ministry and mission.

Learn more about this spiritual gifts resource

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Philippians: Live as Courageous Disciples

We are in a time of accelerated disruptive change. In a VUCA world, one characterized by Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity-people feel an increase of pressure, leading them to seek refuge and comfort. The day in which we live requires clarity, vision, and courage.

The bible study, Live as Courageous Disciples, allows people to hear the words of Paul calling us to be followers of Jesus in our community and world with understanding, vision, and courage. In challenging circumstances, Paul models with actions and words what it means to be a courageous disciple. This dynamic letter to the Philippians is incredibly relevant for our day.

The Vital Ministry Team of Stone Church of the Brethren, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania as Courageous Disciples, created the Bible study.

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Unwrapping the Gift of Advent: A Bible Study for Congregations on a Vital Ministry Journey

The Vital Ministry Team, Black Rock Church of the Brethren, Glenville, Pennsylvania, creators of this Bible study, invite you to journey along with them during the Advent season.This engaging curriculum, arranged in six sessions, encourages sisters and brothers to form relationships with one another and with God as they share their understandings of life in faith through the events of Christmas. It is our prayer, even as you share in these words of God, allow the words of each other to form a story of new life, hope, and wisdom that enables you and your faith community to walk with Jesus, unwrapping the gift of life now and always.

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Worship: Responding to God’s Love

This six week study helps individuals and congregations explore the intent and purposes of worship, tuning in to our relationship with God and cultivating our community's engagement with the Holy One. Themes include “Longing for God” (Psalm 63:1-8), “Great Is God’s Faithfulness” (Acts 16:23-25), “Celebrating the Life of God” (Luke 15:1-10), “God of Grace and God of Glory” (Psalms 8 and 100), “Worship That Is Life-Changing and World-Shaping” (Matthew 5:14-16), and “Turning Toward God” (Philippians 4:4-9).

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