|What it IS:||What it is NOT:|
|Structured learning process||Prepackaged program|
|Biblically grounded||Opinion based|
|18 month process||1 time and gone.|
Living the Resurrection is a structured learning process, but not something we are buying from someone else. Our synod is full of resources! We have assembled a team of talented pastors as well as tool boxes full of ways to work through many of the obstacles we face. We also have access to the resources of California Lutheran University, Claremont Graduate School and Fuller Theological Seminary. We can learn with, and from, people who understand Central and Southern California.
The learning process will be developed in workshops, not presented in lectures. Everyone of our congregations is an expert at some aspect of ministry. We don’t need to be lectured at, we need to be supported in working through new possibilities. Workshops and experiments will be our methods of choice.
So many times we attend a conference or a lecture and get a couple of great ideas, but when applied, they don’t really fly in our context. But by then, the presenter is long gone and we have no one to help us through the obstacle. Living the Resurrection will be on going workshops with 18 months of access to the learning community, facilitators and experts.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why would my congregation want to join this process?
Because we can learn from each other! After all, who knows what it’s like to be Lutheran in Central and Southern California better than we do!
What is the Biblical foundation of the Living the Resurrection process?
When Jesus was asked “Which is the greatest commandment?” he responded: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27). On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus gave a new commandment: “love one another.” (John 13:34). These three commandments, to love God, love one another and love neighbor, form the foundational purposes of the church. Living the Resurrection focuses on celebrating and nurturing these three relationships.
What is a “Learning Community” and how will it be formed?
After the survey has been taken, we will schedule workshops where each congregation can interpret the data provided by the survey. During the workshop, teams from each congregation will determine which of the three foundational relationships (with God, with one another, with neighbor) are strengths and which are growth areas of the congregation. With this information, we will form Learning Communities by joining into teams of 4-6 congregations. Each Learning Community will include congregations of complementary strength and growth areas so that, through sharing, we can learn from one another. Each Learning Community will have a facilitator as well as guest speakers for topics the community wants to explore.
What kind of time commitment will this take?
Learning Communities, made up of teams from different congregations, will work together for 18 months. Workshops will be offered every other month during that time period. Each team will develop projects and experiments to work on between workshops.
What are the expectations for participating congregations?
Each Learning Community will create a covenant agreement to guide expectations as they work together for 18 months. The covenant will be voted on and approved at a specially called meeting of the congregation. Living the Resurrection will cost each congregation $500 per year. There will be scholarships available. This fee will cover the following: facilitators, guest speakers, and coaches.
What can we give up to be able to do this?
Living the Resurrection will generate energy in your congregation, but it will also require energy. Congregations who accept the invitation to participate may need to decide which of their current activities they will suspend for the next 18 months. There will be suggestions at the opening workshop of sections of the ELCA Constitution for Congregations that can be suspended for this process.
How can my congregation sign up?
At synod assembly each congregation received an invitation with the web address needed to find the Congregational Every Vitality Survey. Each congregation has a unique web address so we can keep the survey results separate. You can print out paper copies of the survey or let people take it online. Pass surveys out at the end of worship, play music while people fill them out, then collect them and mail them in! That’s all you need to do! You might want to offer surveys for a couple of Sundays in a row. This is for your worshiping community– not people who are associated with your congregation, but don’t come to worship.
Can my congregation take the survey, and then decide not to participate in Living the Resurrection?
Yes. Taking the survey does not commit your congregation to the process.
I have questions. Who can I talk to?
Please email Pastor Marj FunkPihl at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.