Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World

by Jorge Acevedo. Abingdon Press, 2012.


This resource shares the story of how one church in Florida was able to grow into a multi-site, multi-ethnic ministry through engagement and accountable leadership.


accountable leadership, local and international community outreach, congregation vitality

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Be inspired by the story of a revitalized congregation, adapting some of their strategies to renew your ministry.
  • Engage in impactful outreach locally and internationally by sharing this resource with clergy and lay leaders for inspiration.

About the Contributor

Melissa Spas

Melissa Spas is the managing director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, where she develops and leads educational programs and partnerships with religious organizations and the people who lead them. She has also worked for leadership education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions. 

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