Congregational Growth and Development
The Congregational Development Office offers you support, resources, and ideas to help you build and sustain healthy, vital parishes.
So What's a Healthy, Vital Church?
In our Ministry Action Plan (MAP), we tell each other that we need parishes capable of creating and crossing bridges between our communities of faith and the communities we are called to serve. A healthy, vital church does just this by taking their part in God`s mission for the world: serving, praying and growing.
Marketing our Church
In March 2011, Dr. Hugh Philips led us in a 3 – week course on how to market our parishes within our communities.
Click here to download Handout #1
Click here to download Handout #2
Mutual Ministry Review (MMR) can help support your parish build effective ministries by encouraging collaborative leadership and healthy relationships between priest and people. Through MMR you can articulate mutual expectations and set goals and a work plan for ministry. The process helps you celebrate your parish’s strengths and identify and work on the problems.
“The process was open and frank, yet allowed for individual input without feeling this was just another study. Materials were written in such a way that input was encouraged, not only from our parish, but knowing these exercises are intended to help others going through the same program. People helping people.”
Find the resource here ... pdf
Back to Church Sunday
Back to Church Sunday is a simple initiative based on a simple idea - invite a friend to come to something you love - your church. Every year, for one Sunday in September, thousands of people from churches around the world invite someone to come with them to their church.
Here’s a resource to help you prepare for Back to Church Sunday in your parish – Preparing for Back to Church Sunday pdf
Back to Church Sunday UK
God has given each one of us talents and abilities for ministry. Find out more about what yours are – on your own or as part of a team in your church. Knowing, and being known for, our real gifts can be invigorating for ourselves and for our parish’s ministry.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church has a self assessment inventory that you can get on line at archive.elca.org/evangelizingchurch/assessments/ or through the Congregational Development Office.
The Three Colours of Ministry from the Natural Church Development programme is unusual in that it includes questionnaires for both you and two other people who know you well. The scored questionnaires give you information about both your “manifest gifts” and “latent gifts.” Outside facilitation is recommended for discerning individual gifts within the context of congregations.
There is an offline Spiritual Gifts Discernment process available from the Episcopal Church.
Congregational Study - The Boken Report