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Vital Churches

What are Vital Churches?

Measuring Vitality in Our Smaller Churches

PASSIONATE WORSHIP

Assessments:

Adoption of new people in our congregation through worship

Celebrating baptisms in our community of faith

An Intentional, Corporate prayer ministry besides personal prayer time

Establish community(ies) of faith outside the church building

Vibrant Worship service that meets the needs of people/encounters God

RADICAL HOSPITALITY

Assessments:

Dealing with Conflict in a healthy manner that leads to reconciliation

An enjoyment, care and love for each other and those in our “neighborhood”

A peaceful attitude over God’s call to a rural area- “grassroots greatness”

A positive sense within the congregation about its ministry and impact

Inviting, Welcoming and Involving others in our lives as family

RISK TAKING SERVICE AND MISSION

Assessments:

Connection with others outside our congregation through service/ mission

Volunteer hours in mission/outreach with a high percentage of active folks

Create partnerships with other groups/organizations/agencies within the town, village or area

An “incredible level of involvement” where people sense God’s call to some form of ministry and

obediently use their gifts

Invest in other smaller churches through time, energy and resources.

EXTRAVAGANT GENEROSITY

Assessments:

Monetary giving to missions/outreach

Experience financial stability that ensures an outward focus through biblical stewardship

“Generosity breaking out” to those in need mostly in quiet, hidden ways

An atmosphere of liveliness, energy, creativity, commitment and actions of compassion and justice

A “spirit of abundance” where people contribute their time and talents

 

FAITH-FORMING RELATIONSHIPS

Assessments:

Creating future discipleship opportunities and enhancing current opportunities for personal study, growth and

accountability so that people can participate and grow in the Spirit

Developing spiritual leaders and their skills (Training/Equiping)

Mentoring new leaders by giving them opportunities to learn how to lead

Encourage Intergenerational relationships in the church

Involved in a process of visioning that leads to a clear purpose, hopeful mission and a shared commitment to

the future

MEASURING VITALITY IN OUR SMALLER CHURCH PASTORAL LEADERS

 

The Inner Life

Committed to a life of prayer, the study of Scripture and puts into practice the Spiritual Disciplines

Has a teachable heart and a thirst to learn, grow and to be stretched as a disciple and leader

Focuses on having a Christ-like character that effects how others are treated

Deeply in love with Christ and relies on the Holy Spirit for direction/wisdom

Characterized with an expectant attitude that God can be trusted and provides what is needed

Compelled into ministry because of their spiritual giftedness and what God can do through them

 

The Outer Life

Interested in serving God, the folks in the church and the people of the community

Becomes involved in the life of the community and area where they live in order to build relationships

A team player who seeks to bring people together in mission and ministry

Casts a vision of God’s preferred future that is directly tied to the transformation of people’s lives

Helps God’s people take the next faithful step in ministry

Adaptable, flexible and willing to experiment with new ideas or ways of doing things

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