About Vital Ministry Journey

Discipleship Ministries is committed to locating and networking churches that want to live into God’s fullest vision for the church.

The Vital Ministry Journey involves:
  • Bible study and prayer
  • Storytelling and holy listening
  • Spiritual gifts and formation
  • Strategic spiritual ministry and mission
  • Coaching and Spiritual Direction
  • Resourcing for congregational leaders
  • District and congregational sponsorship

God is at work in local communities and congregations. Our task is to discover that work and build partnerships to share this "good news."

Vital Ministry Journey news

Brethren Press carries new study resources for Advent, Winter quarter
(December 2, 2016)
Several new study resources for the Advent season and the Winter curriculum quarter are now available from Brethren Press. The new resources include “Unwrapping the Gift of Advent” in the Vital Ministry Journey study series; the Winter quarter of the Shine curriculum exploring the life and ministry of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Matthew; a new Believers Church Bible Commentary on Philippians.
Congregational Life Ministries offers resources to assist congregations
(August 6, 2016)
The Congregational Life Ministries of the Church of the Brethren “provide coaches, collaborators, and consultants to assist congregations in reaching out and connecting with their local communities,” according to the ministries’ webpage. Currently, Congregational Life Ministries staff are making resources available for congregations to discern their gifts, explore their vitality, and teach others about the practices of the church.
Vital Ministry Journey helps congregations and relationships
(February 7, 2014)
The Church of the Brethren Congregational Life Ministries started the Vital Ministry Journey in 2011. According to Jonathan Shively, executive director of Congregational Life Ministries, the initiative started with a conversation between Congregational Life staff and Middle Pennsylvania District executive David Steele. Shively and Stan Dueck, director of Transforming Practices, had conversations with Steele about how to find a way to work with different congregations to solve problems proactively.
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