Bringing Church Members into Greater Harmony with One Another to Build Community
Within the congregation, there is a spirit of community and mutual love and a caring about one another. The congregation operates as an authentic community with a strong and growing sense of belonging.
The congregation is more concerned with people than with its institutions and emphasizes developing significant relationships within the congregation which are caring, loving, and nurturing. Although members have their own needs and care for themselves, each is aware of other members’ needs and shows compassion by focusing on others rather than self. Members know and act on why they are the church and are clear about how they function together. Members encourage and practice the inclusion of old and new members and are supportive of all members who assume leadership roles.
There is a celebration of diversity and an acknowledgement that others’ ideas and participation have merit. Members practice mutual respect even during conflicts and are non-judgmental about differing opinions and individual characteristics. There is trust at all levels and members are capable of managing conflict to produce strengths. There is openness to understanding the full story before criticizing, to focus and act on the tough issues at hand, and not to dwell on past events or issues. Members acknowledge and accept their responsibilities within the community, refrain from placing blame, and seek to overcome their own discontent through positive thought and response.
Members have a new sense of empowerment and cultivate unity and a shared congregational vision. Members feel free to involve themselves in congregational leadership and service. Members exhibit a teachable spirit directed toward understanding and participating in change. Members relate positively to their environment and participate in the congregation. Members practice personal Christian disciplines and follow church discipline.
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