Many congregations struggle for a sense of purpose and mission and question how to move forward faithfully.  Our synod’s R3 initiative—reFORMreNEWreVISION—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.

R3 Congregational Renewal

An 18-month coaching process engaging up to 25 congregations with the energy, ideas the tools they need to renew their mission to God’s people.  Please note, prior to application, congregational council approval is needed as well as identification of congregational renewal team.   Registration opens April 1, 2019   Cost is $700 per congregation. 

R3 2019-2021 Application (WORD format)
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 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