Beyond the Ordinary: 10 Strengths of U.S. Congregations

Beyond the Ordinary: 10 Strengths of U.S. Congregations is an intricate look at vitality and health in congregations. The authors believe that there are ten strengths key to vital congregations.

The U.S. Congregational Life Survey identified 10 key strengths that make congregations successful — characteristics that can be found in any type of congregation, whether it’s growing or declining, large or small, rural or urban.

Congregations that go Beyond the Ordinary excel in the following areas:

  1. Growing Spiritually — Beyond the Ordinary congregations help worshipers grow in their faith. [Read more]
  2. Meaningful Worship — Beyond the Ordinary congregations provide worship services that meet the needs of worshipers.
  3. Participating in the Congregation — Beyond the Ordinary congregations are places where worshipers are involved in many of the activities of the congregation.
  4. Having a Sense of Belonging — Beyond the Ordinary congregations provide people with a sense of fellowship with others. [Read more]
  5. Caring for Young People — Beyond the Ordinary congregations ensure that the children and youth in the congregation are nurtured in the faith. [Read more]
  6. Focusing on the Community — Beyond the Ordinary congregations reach out to and serve those outside their doors. [Read more]
  7. Sharing Faith — Beyond the Ordinary congregations help their worshipers feel comfortable sharing their faith with others.
  8. Welcoming New People — Beyond the Ordinary congregations ensure that new people become part of their faith community. [Read more]
  9. Empowering Leadership — Beyond the Ordinary congregations help worshipers to share in the leadership of the congregation. [Read more]
  10. Looking to the Future — Beyond the Ordinary congregations focus on a positive future. [Read more]

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