Institute For Vital Ministry
Program Description

The Institute for Vital Ministries and Communities (IVMC) connects individuals, congregations and communities with one another, and with resource partner agencies and organizations for the purpose of imagining and living into deeper and richer human flourishing.

In this work we clarify, develop and ultimately integrate six domains of human flourishing:

1 & 2 – Embodied Spirituality – Physical health and wellness and Spiritual wholeness, peace and contentment
3 & 4 – Relational Health – Emotional well-being and interpersonal Relationship maturity
5 & 6 – Vocational Fulfillment – Intellectual stimulation and tangible meaningful and Work in the world.

We offer several programs:

  • Peer Learning Communities – individuals come together and commit to sharing the journey of discovery and transformation with one another for at least 1 year. They receive training in Peer Learning Community best practices, Peer Coaching skills, as well as content across the 6 domains of human flourishing.
  • Ministry Internships – following the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters, participants spend 1 day / week in the internship over a 14 week period. 4-5 hours are spent embedded in a community agency or other context to participate, observe and inquire. 2-3 hours are then spent in  Peer Learning Community process working through a set of practices that address and develop the six domains. Participants are also paired with a fellow participant to work together in peer coaching for the semester.
  • Immersion Weeks – Typically conducted during the summer, along with January, May and August minimesters. One to two weeks in length, these sessions provide a condensed experience of the Ministry Internship model.
  • Retreats, Workshops and Conferences – Where we will gather participants and partners for collaboration, idea generation, strategic planning, knowledge sharing and wisdom gathering.

Who are the participants?
Participants will include lay people (people of faith who are not professional clergy), students, youth and young adults, and clergy.  They may be deeply religious, nominally religious, spiritual but not religious, or unsure where they fit. They may be facing one or more of the following:

  • Seeking clarity regarding how their faith and vocation overlap and support each other
  • Wanting to develop a secular professional life that clearly serves their ministry and mission in the world.
  • Pursuing full time ministry and wanting to explore alternatives to the models they know.
  • Wanting renewal and revitalization of their personal faith and ministry.
  • Desiring renewal and revitalization in vocational ministry.

Who are the partners?

  • Community contexts include social service agencies and non-profits doing advocacy, community development. They may be faith-based or non-sectarian or secular.
  • Education partners include institutes, centers, foundations, colleges, universities and seminaries.
  • Funding partners primarily include foundations, private donors and sponsoring organizations.

How is it funded?
Participants pay a fee that covers the cost of their activities, the facilitator, with a small percentage going to administration and another going to the host community contexts. Administrative staff and expenses are supported through foundation grants and private donors, along with a portion of participant fees.

For more information and to participate, please contact Rev. Ken G. Crawford
214-288-1663 ~ Ken@SynchronousLife.com ~ www.SynchronousLife.com/IVMC
KenGCrawford on Linkedin and Twitter ~ KenGCrawfordCoaching on Facebook

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