Moravian Church in North America

In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.

Moravian Church in North America
North: Bethlehem, Pa.
South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Healthy Congregations

The Special Synod of 2009 approved a new structure and a new focus for our Province, centering on eight interrelated characteristics of healthy congregations.

In 2010, Synod created directional statements for each characteristic, as well as some specific directives. Each year, the PEC provides suggestions and direction for congregations to ensure health. Here’s a complete list of the characteristics. You can also check out the Northern Province’s Healthy Characterics Resources. Click the sections below to learn about available resources, programs, and assistance for each of the characterics.


Bringing Church Members into Greater Harmony with One Another to Build Community

fotolia cooperation webWithin 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.

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Increasing Participation, Attendance and Membership

fotolia growth webThe members, boards, pastor(s), and staff of the congregation have a positive attitude toward growth. There is an intentional process leading to growth.

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Ensuring Wise Direction, Administration, and Accountability for the Community

fotolia leadership webThere is strong, effective leadership by the pastor and boards that is team oriented, empowering, inspiring, strategic, and risk-taking and which sets and leads the direction of the congregation toward becoming and remaining healthy.

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The Processes Through Which We Learn and Grow as Individuals and in Community to Care for Ourselves and Serve Others

fotolia ministry webThe congregation is committed to the agenda of God including a clear understanding of, and strong conviction about, the purpose of the church.

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An Outward Focus that Networks Locally, Nationally, and Globally to Remember, Seek Out, and Serve Our Neighbors

fotolia mission webRather than a focus on survival and maintenance, the congregation has a clear, active, faith-based mission and outreach vision and plan that extend beyond the church walls.

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Relationship with Christ

Bringing Individuals and the Congregation into a Greater Harmony with God with a New Sense of Faith, Love, and Hope

fotolia christ webWe trust and glorify God. We are aware of the nature and presence of God within the congregation. Because of God’s empowering presence, we seek to find out what God wants. We know that God is working in the lives of members and in the life of our congregation.

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The Effective Use of Individual and Community Time, Talent and Treasure

fotolia stewardship introIn a healthy congregation, stewardship and generosity are nurtured. There is a positive approach for teaching, modeling and encouraging stewardship. A well-organized laity understands, demonstrates and uses total stewardship practices.

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Proclaiming God’s Word through Scripture, Preaching, Music, and Sacrament

fotolia worship webWorship is the center of congregational life. The pastoral leadership ensures a genuine worship experience that is God-exalting, Spirit-filled, vital, inspiring, meaningful and nourishing.

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Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, March 23 — Psalm 38:9–16
Exodus 29:1–30; Matthew 26:1–13

The commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes. Psalm 19:8

Jesus said, “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” John 6:63

Dear Lord, we ask your blessing upon our churches today. The week ahead is a special one that provides the opportunity to remember the story of Holy Week—the journey Jesus took to the cross. Help us draw close to you to remember. Amen.

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