LiVE for the sake of the world

Living into Vocational Engagement, LiVE, is a way of curating a lay learning community to discern and deepen callings, personally and congregationally. Over the last 9 months, the LiVE team has convened a weekly working group to collaboratively bring definition to our synod’s LiVE Project. The team has followed an emergent learning design involving an open-ended process to discover how to walk alongside participants who are longing to explore vocational journeys in partnership with others.

Curious? Contact Rev. Dr. David Hahn, our Director of Formation & Learning

the LiVE team

The team is led by lay and rostered leaders who have been rethinking approaches for theologically informed, contextually rooted congregational leadership. This fall the team convened listening sessions with lay members of our synod whose learning experiences, faith, and motivations helped us to build an approach aligned with their learning styles and sense of call.

  • Cindy Shultz (Emmaus Table, Seattle)
  • Bethany Stolle (Central, Seattle)
  • Rachel Olson (Bethlehem, Sedro-Wooley)
  • Priscilla Austin (Pastor at Immanuel, Seattle)
  • David Hahn (Synod Staff)
LiVE cultural values
These name the culture we believe the Spirit is calling us to nurture in this project   
  • Gospel-Centered, Spirit-Led: Vocational identity begins in the leadership of the Spirit’s calling through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Any exploration, and deepening of call, personal or congregation, begins with this commitment. 
  • Companioning the Conversation: We recognize that LiVE participants are in process about their own experiences, questions and aims for what they hear God calling them into in their lives. Coaches and facilitators will accompany you in your own emerging vocational curiosity and openness. Companioning the conversation is about making creating more roominess to open up the process of your inquiry, and to introduce a variety of content to further inform your own learning and growth as a follower of Jesus.
  • Communities of Practice through Collaborative Engagement: LiVE is a shared journey with other participants, in various contexts, and curiosities, who will explore their callings in a variety of action-reflection learning opportunities.
  • Creative Spaces/Creative Abrasion: LiVE involves opening up spaces of curiosity, hospitality and vulnerability through a willingness to test out and challenge ideas in a holding environment that welcomes courageous and critical conversations.  
a roadmap for our work in 2020-2021
  • Understand process and scope of LiVE  
  • Gather information via focus groups, visits, research
  • Identifying and forming partner teams
  • Prototyping and experimenting
  • Making recommendations
  • Fall 2021 launch