Many congregations struggle for a sense of purpose and mission and question how to move forward faithfully.  Our synod aims to help individuals and congregations explore how God is already at work in our mission fields and grow spiritually to bring the good news of Christ to a world that needs it more than ever.  Grounded in the life-changing grace of God and as the body of Christ journeying together, we invite you and your congregation to live the gospel of Jesus Christ for the sake of today’s ever-changing world.

Readiness for Renewal Launches Fall of 2019!

Readiness for Renewal offers an opportunity for congregations who are exploring the earliest stages of renewal to learn some basic skills, concepts and practices which can help them enter into a season of renewal and to also discover new possibilities for their future. Readiness for Renewal offers a series of six workshops spread out over 18 months which will invite congregational teams to reflect on their ministry and learn skills and practices for the future. The workshops meet on Saturdays, from 9 am until Noon.  Registration deadline is October 1, 2019.  There is no registration fee.

To register email Cathy Deitrich ( Please provide:

  1.  Contact person’s name and email
  2.  Congregation name and town
  3.  Number of persons from congregation attending


October 5, 2019 – “Foundations for Renewal/Dwelling in the Word” at Zion Lutheran Church, 2215 Brandywine Lane, York PA. This workshop will explore the basics of what is needed for a congregation to be in renewal. It will also offer practical guidelines on how to listen for God as you plan for the future.

January 25, 2020 – “Healthy Congregations” at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 4200 Londonderry Road, Harrisburg PA. This workshop will focus on how family systems theory helps us identify healthy and unhealthy patterns for congregational life and offers practical approaches to a healthier congregation.

April 25, 2020 – “Growing Young” at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 4200 Londonderry Road, Harrisburg PA. This workshop will offer best practices for engaging young people in the life and ministry of a congregation.

October 17, 2020 – “Hospitality 101” at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 4200 Londonderry Road, Harrisburg PA. Almost every congregation describes itself as friendly, but how do we really invite people and help them feel welcome? And what are the opportunities and challenges we have in becoming more welcoming.

January 16, 2021 – “Stewarding Mission” at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 4200 Londonderry Road, Harrisburg PA. This workshop will offer basics on nurturing a culture of generosity and equipping leadership teams to practice year-round stewardship.

April 17, 2021 – “Leading Change/Managing Conflict” at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 4200 Londonderry Road, Harrisburg PA. Leading change effectively is necessary for healthy congregations, but conflict is also inevitable even in the healthiest communities. This workshop will equip teams to focus on how they can help facilitate and lead change, while also managing conflict in healthy ways.

R3 Congregational Renewal

Forms can be accessed through the website below. Cost is $700 per congregation.

R3 2019-2021 Application (PDF)
R3 Covenant 2019-2021 (WORD format)
R3 Covenant 2019-2021 (PDF)

Important Dates:

September 20-21, 2019 (Pastor’s Day Friday and Talking About Mission Saturday)

November 23, 2019 (Getting to the Pews)

January 10-11, 2020 (Pastor’s Day followed by Discipleship on Saturday)

March 7, 2020 (Community Leaders)

May 2, 2020 (Meet the Neighbors)

September 19, 2020 (Plans and Practices)

November 13-14, 2020  (Pastor’s Day and then What’s Next? On Saturday)

March 20, 2021 Reunion (Storytelling)

Director for Evangelical Mission Pastor Richard Jorgensen works with congregations looking to be renewed in God’s mission by deepening their faith, reconnecting with one another, and re-rooting in their community. Through consultation and coaching, Pastor Richard supports rostered ministers in rediscovering their passion for the gospel, accompanies congregations struggling with their sense of purpose, and helps leaders and congregations look towards the future with hope. Pastor Richard invites you to contact him via cell at 717-817-3723 for training opportunities in congregational renewal, consultation, coaching, or to learn more about resources both within and beyond our synod for renewal.

Richard Jorgensen