Pursuing A More Vital Future

Most participants in ELCA congregations imagine a future for their church that is more vital from the present. In order to pursue such a vision, additional energy needs to be invested but where to start? How does the committed pastor and church council begin?

“The State of the ELCA” by J Russell Crabtree provides an excellent introduction to many realities of congregations and what particularities are working best in vitalized ones. Exploring  input from 60,000 ELCA members from congregations across the USA, Russ’ work helps leaders grasp the perspectives, experiences and aspirations that begin to shape awareness for contextualized pathways to vitality.

The Church Assessment Tool (CAT), offered to congregations by Mustard Seed Consulting, in order to gain clarity in developing a vision. The CAT 6DBCF7B6-4516-4D3D-B629-D2C884C6B5B6is a great way to start gaining the perceptions, experiences and aspirations of people in your church. Contact us to learn more. Then order this book as you prepare to base plans, decisions and goals on evidence rather than pre-conceptions or anecdotal biases.


Author: mustardseedonline10

Kurt Jacobson is a trained interpretive consultant of Holy Cow! assessments serving churches across WI and beyond. An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he served Trinity Lutheran Church, Eau Claire for 28 years. In 2016 he formed Mustard Seed Consulting. Jacobson holds a BA in Business/Hospital Administra on and Organiza onal Communication from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and a Masters of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. He holds a certificate in Intentional Interim Ministry from the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors. He is the author of “Welcoming Grace: Words of Love for All.” In addition, the book “The State of the ELCA” by Russell Crabtree, founder of Holy Cow! includes a chapter detailing the work Kurt did in making Trinity a transformational congregation. He lives near Cumberland, WI.

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