LCMS Revitalization

Church Revitalization

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

Young or old, small or large, rural or urban, your congregation is vital — it has life.

There is vitality wherever God’s Word is proclaimed in purity and the Lord’s Sacraments are rightly administered. This Christ-centered vitality is the focus of re:Vitality, a suite of resources developed by the Office of National Mission to help you equip your congregation for carrying out God’s mission in your context.

The re:Vitality suite of resources includes practical and productive workshops that address serving your inactive members (Shepherding Our Strays), consensus-based strategic planning for your congregation (Serving in God’s Mission), and how to share the Gospel with your community through effective outreach (Connect To Disciple).

Re:Vitality resources are available to LCMS congregations at no cost from the Office of National Mission.

The recommended starting point for re:Vitality is the no-cost, no-obligation congregational self-assessment (CADDS).

For more information or to get started, please email us at or download the quick guides below.


Quick Guides

Re:Vitality provides action-oriented training for a congregation based on its assessed stage of vitality.

Training modules are deployed based on the needs of the congregation and on actions likely to provide the greatest benefit.

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Congregational Assessment

Congregational Assessment of Development/Decline Status (CADDS)The Congregational Assessment of Development/Decline Status (CADDS) is a survey-based self-assessment tool that relies on input from people within your own congregation to evaluate your congregation’s well-being.

CADDS uses a scientifically-developed 100-question survey to measure three critical elements of congregational well-being: sustainability, adaptability, and balance of outward-inward focus.

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Serving Inactive Members

Serving Inactive Members: Shepherding Our StraysShepherding Our Strays, a module of re:Vitality, gives congregations practical tools to address the challenge of engaging members who have separated themselves from the spiritual life of the congregation.

Through a Bible study, a self-directed workshop, and post-workshop implementation, Shepherding Our Strays helps congregations develop and implement a realistic, effective plan for engaging both short-term and long-term inactive members.

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Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning: Serving in God's MissionServing in God’s Mission (SGM), a module of re:Vitality, guides congregations through a strategic planning process tailored to the unique needs of Lutheran congregations.

Through SGM, your congregation will work together to develop a Strategic Ministry Plan that addresses how to faithfully carry out your part in God’s Mission within your unique context.

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Congregational Outreach

Congregational Outreach: Connect to DiscipleConnect to Disciple, a re:Vitality resource, provides congregational leaders with a practical process and useful tools for improving the effectiveness of their congregation’s outreach efforts.

Through a congregational Bible study and a self-directed workshop that integrates the actual work of the congregation, Connect to Disciple equips participants with resources for engaging the nonchurched people in their community through the four-step process: “Build Awareness, Create Connections, Build Relationships, Make Disciples.”

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Rev. Dr. Mark Wood
Managing Director
Church Planting, Renewal and Support



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