Congregational vitality is about life, passion and awakening. It is a journey that is both adventurous and treacherous. Experience tells us that there are no quick fixes.

Vitality is not a program; it is a pathway… a transformative process that occurs over time. We don’t drift into congregational vitality. It doesn’t just happen. There comes a point when a congregation makes the Spirit-filled decision to move forward and become a healthy missional church. By “healthy” we mean pursuing Christ. By “missional” we mean pursuing Christ’s priorities in the world.

The purpose of Navigate is to help established churches find their way to becoming healthy and missional in a rapidly changing world. This is accomplished by the Holy Spirit empowering congregations as they walk the Congregational Vitality Pathway together. Navigate represents a communal approach to vitality.

Navigate accelerates the process by catalyzing resources on the denominational, conference, and local levels. Navigate is by invitation of the Conference and ECC.


Funding and Cost

  • The registration fee is waived for Covenant churches.
  • Lodging, food and materials at the event are covered by Start and Strengthen Churches.
  • Each church pays for three roundtrip tickets for the lay leaders. The pastor’s airfare is covered by Start and Strengthen Churches (up to $500).
  • Click here to download Travel Guidelines.

Dates and Location

Our 2017 national gathering is scheduled for November 3-8 in Minneapolis. Both pastors and lay leaders gather for the weekend (November 3-5). The pastors stay on until November 8 for further training. The registration deadline was September 29, 2017. Please direct your communications to or 773-907-3354 for more information.