Characteristics of a Mission-Based Congregation
Creates a shared vision of the church, an effective mission statement and dynamic mission-centered goals to implement the mission. Develops and affirms a clear identity and purpose with a strong sense of mission.
- Mission(s) used as a compass in decision-making.
- Members can identify the congregation's sense of mission.
- Communications and publicity clearly identify congregation's mission Orders of Service support the expression of mission.
Is financially healthy and funds its mission.
- Money and its part in stewardship are discussed.
- Budgeting choices are made based upon mission
- Compensates staff at fair levels.
Structures its governance in support of its mission.
- Organizational structure enhances congregational functioning, rather than getting in the way.
- Decision-making is consistent with mission.
Offers programs in support of mission.
- Ministry groups are clearly included in program schedule.
- Worship services reflect mission.
- Programs are offered at a variety of times and places.
- Stages of spiritual formation are addressed with related activities.
Honors its covenantal relationships.
- Written covenants are developed.
- Conflict is managed in respectful, constructive ways.
Serves the community as well as the members of the congregation.
- Needs of people in present circumstances are addressed.
Flourishes through a ministry actively shared by clergy and laity.
- Members can relate their ministry within the church and in their daily lives.
- Language of shared ministry is present in spoken words and printed materials.
Increased anti-racism and anti-oppression work occurs to move the congregation along the published continuum.
- Programs offered support reflection and actions in this work.
- Language and organizational structure reflects sensitivity to, and awareness of, intentional responses.
From the 2000 Midsize Church Conference