• Pastor Rick Mollenkopf-Grill

Congregational Vitality Training

Updated: Jan 19

Trinity took part in an online Congregational Vitality Training series that our national church body, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, invited us be a part of during the fall and winter of 2020-21.

In our case as a recently-merged church with our siblings from St. John's in Akron, we were in a cohort (a small focus group) that offered training and inspiration to churches who have merged or are considering merging together.

We are beginning to take our learnings and add them to our strategic planning for the future.

Many of the program sessions were recorded online to view later, so feel free to check out the sessions we were a part of below:


August 27 Large group (Introduction to the ministry the ELCA is doing with marginalized communities)


September 10 Cohort (Introductions, What do we hope for our time together?)


September 17 Cohort (Life Cycles: Organizations & Leaders)


September 24 Cohort (Moldy Manna)


October 1 Cohort (3 Tables & Missional Models)


October 8 Cohort (Grief)


October 15 Cohort (Logistics)


October 22 Large Group (Bold in Racial Reconciliation)...sorry, no video available.


October 29 Cohort (Adaptive Leadership)*


November 5 Cohort (Mission Planning & Next Steps)*


*Note: these videos are only posted online for a limited time.


November 19 Large Group (Bold in Faith Formation)...see video below...


January 14, 2021 Large Group (Sent with Boldness as a Public Church)...see video below...



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