We have developed a number of videos over the years to help you understand and implement the principles of the Life of Faith Initiative. Feel free to share the links to these videos with others. You can download the videos as well for use in your congregation.* Make sure to click the Full-Screen icon for best viewing.
Our Introductory Video
A Two-minute Trailer for the Introductory Video
An Animated Council Meeting on Zoom
Exploring how your congregation’s life might change when you seek to empower members for ministry in their everyday lives.
How does the Life of Faith Initiative Change Members’ Lives?
This is a recording of a panel discussion between Pastor Jason Van Hunnik and five members of Westwood Lutheran Church, reflecting on how their understanding of being called to serve our neighbors in the everyday activities of our lives has changed over the course of the congregation’s multi-year emphasis on call and vocation.
For a deeper orientation to the initiative, watch the recording of this webinar. (If you’ve already seen the introductory video, above, you can skip from the 18:45 minute mark to 38:08.)
For in-depth help with the principles of the initiative and how to incorporate them in your context, watch the recording of this online workshop.
Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, MN, is using occasional interview sermons to empower members to speak to how their faith connects with their life in the world. You can watch some of them here:
Our Callings at Work
Our Vocations with Aging Parents
Our Callings with Family and Friends
The Vocation of a Newly-engaged Couple
For the Holy Innovations Project
In this 6-minute video, Pastor Myron Hertzberg describes the communal discernment process his congregation uses to make space for the Spirit when key decisions need to be made. The two supporting documents for leaders who wish to use this process are a leader’s guide and a handout.
Resurrection Lutheran Church in Channahon, Illinois, is engaging in the practice of testimony during worship. In this wonderful audio clip (with captioning) Heather discusses her ministry as a hairdresser.
The Southeastern Iowa Synod produced two 90-second videos on vocation that are available for your use. The first one is a “person on the street” interview exploring the confusion over vocation; the second one is a “revelation” over how we live out our vocation.
This thirty second illustration makes a powerful case for the ability of the scattered church to reach people better and more easily than the gathered church.
CBS News tells the story of a boy who loses both parents, and seeks healing by making people smile.
The Fisherman’s Daughter, a song by Christopher Grundy, beautifully reinterprets the post-resurrection story of John 21:9–17, “Do you love me? Feed my sheep.”
The Coffinmaker, an incredibly well-done video, is a great conversation starter for vocation.
The Unsung Hero, a commercial by a Thai insurance company, is another great conversation starter about being called to serve our neighbors in everyday life.
GE made ads that can serve as conversation starters. One focuses on aviation and the other on healthcare. If GE can make videos that lift up the meaning their employees find in their work, the church could do the same for our members!
* To download the embedded videos, right-click on the video while it is playing. For linked videos, right-click on the link to download the video.)