Pulse 1Please plan on attending the Adult Sunday School session on April 14th when we will begin to share the results of the recent Pulse Survey, both our church strengths as well as areas where we may have room for improvement.

Over the last two years, Libertyville Covenant Church (LCC) has been involved in a Covenant denomination program for church re-vitalization program called “Congregational Vitality”. Vitality is about thriving, growing, and depending on God to lead us deeper in Christ and further in mission.

With the help of Covenant leadership, LCC has used several tools to seek out ways of growing as a “missional church”. This includes a program called Veritas that explores where we are, and where we want to be. We have used surveys and workshops open to everyone to discover our strengths and areas of improvement.

These steps toward building “vitality” included the ECCs aid in development of our “Covenant for Community Life” (a pledge to work together in times of conflict); a Veritas workshop; and a survey of church health called PULSE.

Veritas is a discussion to discover the marks of a healthy, missional church and the four types of established churches in the Covenant. The four types are: Health/Missional, Stable, Critical Moment, and At-Risk. At the LCC Veritas workshop, the consensus was that LCC was generally stable, but trending towards “Critical Moment” status. Our goal of course is for LCC to become a healthy missional church and by “healthy” we mean pursing Christ; by “missional” we mean pursuing Christ’s priorities in the world.

Last fall, LCC took part in a congregational survey called PULSE. PULSE is a survey which diagnoses the vitality of a church using Ten Healthy Missional markers (or constructs), and a number of other factors. One of the goals of PULSE is to stimulate conversation around key issues, not to solve every problem confronting our church. The answers are not in the data, the answers are in the conversations that the leadership and the congregation have regarding this data.

Over the next few weeks we will be introducing key elements of the PULSE survey, with the main “kick-off” being the Adult Sunday School session on April 14th. In late April and during the first weeks in May, there will be a number of home based discussions about our church life and specifically to reflect upon what the PLUSE survey scores indicate. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to dialogue with you more fully as together we seek God’s Kingdom here in Lake County!

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