Assessing and Addressing Congregational Vitality

What is congregational vitality? What happens when we neglect the things that produce and strengthen it? We may see that the nearly 80% of LCMS congregations that have plateaued or are in decline need to do something about vitality, but do we understand that it’s something that affects 100% of our congregations? re:Vitality, the Synod’s revitalization program, addresses all of the stages of congregational vitality by providing practical resources for achieving, maintaining, or restoring vitality – all at little to no cost to LCMS congregations. 

Presenter: Mark Wood
Rev Mark A. Wood serves in the LCMS Office of National Mission as the director of the Witness & Outreach Ministry and the director of the LCMS Revitalization Initiative. In these roles he identifies, develops, and supports resources for assisting congregations with improving how they invite, welcome, and receive people from outside of the church and for equipping Lutherans to be effective witnesses of Jesus in their everyday lives. When they’re not on the road doing workshops for congregations, Mark and his wife Mary Ellen reside in Byrnes Mill, MO. They have five adult children, five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.