Hallmarks of Healthy Congregations

  • A Clear Sense of Identity

    Possess a clear and animated sense of Christian identity with an expectation that every member of that community is able to articulate in his or her own words the gospel story, why it matter, and why it matters here.

  • Radical Hospitality

    Deliberately invites, welcomes, receives and cares for those who are strangers.

  • Inspiring worship

    Offers inspiring worship that glorifies God and leads to participation in the mysteries of Christ and his ministry of reconciliation.

  • Intentional faith development and formation for discipleship

    Develops rich opportunities for people to learn and reflect in community at all stages.

  • Adventuresome, risk-taking mission and service

    Identifies and opportunities and equips its members to advance the healing, wholeness and justice of God’s reign, regardless of whether those who are served become part of the faith community.

  • Extravagant generosity

    Offers ministries that address our spiritual need to give in ways that go beyond expectations.

  • Accountability and collaboration

    Practices and nurtures collaboration and accountability within the community, the diocese and the wider church.