Thinking about, planning, or implementing a congregational partnership? On this page, you’ll find a variety of resources, including Bible studies, checklists, models, assessment tools, and sample documents, designed to help you work through the process. If you have ideas for future additions, please let us know!
A good place to start: The Partnership Planning Process
The Core Library
Additional studies coming soon
The Synod’s re:Vitality program, which focuses on strengthening a congregation’s ability to invite, welcome, and receive people, begins with a no-cost guided self-assessment that helps a congregation determine its “stage of vitality.” Churches can then implement training modules (a combination of videos and practical exercises) that best suit their needs. “Connect to Disciple,” the first module, focuses on effective outreach.
MissionInsite reports are FREE demographic studies sponsored by LCEF and available through the District. These reports provide an overview of a community based on population trends, economic factors, attitudes of residents, and more. Congregations can request reports by zip code or within a certain distance of their location. To request a report (Nebraska District congregations), contact Nate Meier, Nebraska District LCEF Vice President, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re in an LCMS congregation outside of the Nebraska District, you’ll need to contact your own district office to request a report.
For more information on demographic support offered by LCEF, visit the demographics page of LCEF.org.
The ARDA: Association of Religious Data Archives
Provides a wealth of religious data from 2010. Click on the “US Congregational Membership” tab, and you’ll find options for accessing reports by zip code, county, metro area, and state.
FaithView from Barna
A subscription-based tool providing data on demographics, beliefs, and practices
General Demographic Information