Faithful Innovation

Discover the unique story God wants to tell
through your congregation

Get ideas, inspiration 

and tools 

for ministry.

Enjoy the support of interactive workshops and ongoing coaching.

Pray, learn and walk together with other Greater Milwaukee Synod congregations.

What's it All About?

Participating congregations will be discerning their unique answer to this question: “As we listen to God, one another, and our neighbors, what future do we imagine God is bringing forth in our midst?” The answer needs to come from Christ and our willingness to ask hard questions and listen for answers, as well as our ability to take risks, secure in our standing in Christ.


Join the Faithful Innovation Facebook Group to connect with participants and share in the journey.

What is a
learning community?

A learning community is a group of congregations who commit to one another in a nine-month learning experience. Through prayer, skill-building, action and reflection they address their most pressing questions about the future.

The experience includes three Saturday workshops and ongoing coaching calls with synod leaders.

How will my congregation benefit?

  • Train effective lay spiritual leaders through workshops and coaching.
  • Learn to discern and respond to God’s leading.
  • Deepen your congregation’s spirituality.
  • Build connections with other congregations.
  • Engage and inspire your membership.
  • Affirm your faith that God has a vital role for your congregation to play.

Watch our video introduction to Faithful Innovation

Pastor Jane Johnson, of Stevens Point, WI, explains what she and her congregation experienced as they began asking what God was doing in their community and how they could participate.

Training Descriptions

If you are interested in learning more about future cohorts, please contact Matthew Short or download and return the covenant.

Ready to Sign Up?

If your congregation is interested in participating in a future cohort, here are some next steps:

  1. Gather a Guiding Team of four to six members to participate in the trainings listed above. Each Guiding Team will be responsible to help others from the congregation to participate in the activities and learning that will take place between trainings.
  2. Each council will need to pray over, discuss, and approve their congregation’s participation.
  3. Each congregation will be asked to contribute $500 or less to cover all three trainings, food, materials, and monthly coaching. This is a sliding scale that can be negotiated with synod staff based on congregational need. Please contact Matthew Short,  Assistant to the Bishop for Evangelical Mission, to discuss this further.
  4. Download and complete the Covenant form.