Vestry Retreat Guide to Church Vitality

‘Tis the season’-–not just THAT season but the season for new Vestry members to go off on retreat to commune together as a leadership team about their hopes and fears, goals and challenges, short-term and long term plans.

We hope every Vestry will put church vitality and growth on their Vestry Retreat agenda. 


Church decline is a chronic, debilitating disease sapping the strength of the Body of Christ in our midst.  It is curable, but it requires vision, persistence and endurance.

To help frame the Vestry Retreat discussion, what follows are some ideas to guide your discussion:

2012 is a year for working in the vineyard doing God’s work to get the church growing again.  So far 30 congregations have responded to Bishop Marc’s call to action.  Is your’s one of them?


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