By Tom Schwolert, Trainer & Coach, Vibrant Faith Ministries

Certification School is a life-shaping, faith-shaping experience that draws out the gifts and passions of students and channels their efforts toward creating a culture of spiritual vitality that enriches young and old alike, both in their homes and in their congregations. Students are grounded in family systems, faith formation research, leadership principles and practice, adolescent brain development, and are provided with hundreds of tools to support their efforts.

Certification school includes a week-long onsite gathering at Camp Kinard in Batesburg-Leesville during the week of May 3-8, a two-day “virtual” reunion and several online learning experiences, providing maximum learning within a short timespan in very flexible, user-friendly formats. Students read and discuss the following books: Vibrant Faith in the Congregation, Surface to Soul, Sustainable Youth Ministry and Intergenerational Faith Formation. They read dozens of articles from Lifelong Faith Journals and will surf numerous websites and blogs.

Monthly webinars, recorded training sessions, blogging assignments and Facebook Parties set the stage for creating and presenting a Ministry Plan that will guide the student’s future ministry efforts. Participants usually spend 10-12 hours a month reading, blogging and participating in webinars. If this sounds like the next step in your personal, professional and spiritual development, please call (877-239-2492) or email ( me!

Partial scholarships are available for South Carolina Synod participants. Please contact Jenny Spearen at for more information.

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GraceWorks Blog

Sep 22, 2014
Posted by: Celie Addy

Welcome to the new "GraceWorks" blog, where South Carolina Synod folks can share news and more.

Welcome to the South Carolina Synod’s Web site!

Have you ever noticed that most of Jesus’ preaching, teaching and healing stories happened while he was traveling on the road from one destination to another, and that the disciples learned what it meant to share God’s Kingdom with others by walking with Jesus?

A disciple is one who is open to learning and following Jesus in his or her everyday life. Discipleship is so much more than going to church on Sunday or being a member of a congregation! As disciples, baptized believers are the Church of Christ on the road, listening to and for the calling of the Spirit to love, serve and share the good news of Jesus with those around us.

I hope this Web site will help you see what God is up to in the SC Synod, and help you to join in the ministries that touch, bless and transform the lives of others. Our vision is that God is calling our congregations to join with their neighbors, serve boldly and love all—through Jesus Christ.

May this Web site help you grow in your discipleship as we walk together as brothers and sisters in Christ—which is what the word “synod” is all about.


Bishop Herman R. Yoos

South Carolina Synod
2016 Holy Land Study Tour
with pastor Ginny Aebischer and Dr. Lamontte Luker, Instructor.

January 4-16, 2016
All Inclusive Price starting at $3298* from New York.

Your Journey Includes: Basic Tour and Guided Sightseeing; roundtrip international airfare from New York (additional baggage and optional fees may apply); fuel surcharges and government taxes (subject to change); admin. fees, entrance fees, gratuities and program fees; buffet breakfast and dinner daily; deluxe motorcoaches; first class hotels; and much more.

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