The Processes Through Which We Learn and Grow as Individuals and in Community to Care for Ourselves and Serve Others
The congregation is committed to the agenda of God including a clear understanding of, and strong conviction about, the purpose of the church.
The congregation is in tune with its identity (locally, provincially, and worldwide), and recognizes the things that it can do and do well.
The organizational structure for ministry is functional, is created to facilitate effectiveness throughout the congregation and ensure success, and is consistently led by lay members. There is an openness to change, the ability to be flexible and evolving, and to be culturally connected internally and externally.
The past is appreciated and honored yet the congregation understands that it must deal with the present and chart a path to the future. The congregation is committed to meeting the needs of both churched and unchurched people. The congregation has a clearly defined and member-owned vision, purpose and direction which include ongoing programs in one to three ministry areas for which the congregation has a positive reputation due to its strengths.
Christian spirituality and growth are promoted and facilitated through systematic theological studies and the exploration of members’ faith; and, there are intentional, ongoing actions to equip members for discipleship. Specific, effective programs exist for faithful and extensive pastoral care and lay visitation. Intentional programs are in place to support and care for parents, children and youth and to equip families to learn and minister to themselves. There are well-defined, focused ministries to meet older adult members’ needs. An effective educational program for all ages is Biblically-based and teaches sacred stories and standards to help in living the Christian life.
Intentional and ongoing prayer-centered ministries for the congregation, groups, and individuals give attention to the role of prayer, the practice of prayer, and the trusting of prayer. Smaller congregational groups including special fellowships are encouraged and exist where people can form deeper ties to one another and connect their faith with daily life. There are adequate opportunities for ministry and service by members of all ages and a commitment to participate exists; and, in developing and scheduling opportunities, the planners take into account the scattered nature of its members.
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