The Saint Paul Area Synod is called upon to help our congregations live into the question, “Who are we called to be at this time and place?” Through collaborative mission renewal, local mission partnership and congregational vitality training, the synod offers many opportunities for congregations.
Mission Starts and Redevelopments
In collaboration with the ELCA churchwide organization, the Saint Paul Area Synod lives out the calling to go and make disciples. In some instances, this has led to the launch of new mission starts or redevelopments (strategic ministries). Currently, the Saint Paul Area Synod has nine mission starts and redevelopments with new explorations on the horizon.
Local Mission Partnerships
Local mission partnerships are the lifeblood of new and renewing congregations in the Saint Paul Area Synod. Centered around the principles of prayer, presence and presents, local mission partnership means support, love, and willingness to learn together.
The work of congregational vitality helps congregations answer the question, "Who are we called to be at this time and place?" Because each congregation is unique in who they are and where they serve, the tools and processes of congregational vitality are flexible, contextual and always evolving. Congregational vitality helps congregations reclaim their identity through deep listening to the community around them, shaping a plan for the future and providing a foundation for continued discernment about where God is leading them.