Hope in Christ
Hope in Christ is designed for congregations who are concerned about their health, ministry, and future vitality. This project has its roots in the Southeastern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA and is in response to challenges many small congregations face. These include
a culture that is trending away from participation in organized religion
local pressures related to demographics and economics
the aging of members
the availability of ordained leaders to serve small rural congregations
Hope in Christ helps congregations take stock of where they are, their strengths and challenges. Congregations are asked to dream and discern where God is leading, and to have a conversation to generate plans for future ministry and vitality.