Towards an Understanding of Congregational Health: How Do We Nurture the Growth of God's Kingdom?

Title

Towards an Understanding of Congregational Health: How Do We Nurture the Growth of God's Kingdom?

Description

What is a healthy congregation in the Episcopal Church? In April 2001, a research report on New Church Development commissioned by the Episcopal Church classified health or success as a “new church reaching a large enough size to achieve self-support within seven years.”1 This report claims that health is related to size and income. If we limit our definition in that way, we limit our ability to see the Kingdom of God at work in small, under-resourced congregations that do not fit that economic definition. And even more, it prevents us from allocating resources to these congregations. We should look to new ways of understanding health because healthy, low-income, rural congregations are an essential part of the Kingdom of God.

Creator

Moreland, Diana Sylvia

Publisher

Virginia Theological Seminary

Date

2020

Rights

@ 2020 Diana Moreland

Format

PDF

Files

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Date Added
June 18, 2020
Collection
VTS Master's Theses
Citation
Moreland, Diana Sylvia, “Towards an Understanding of Congregational Health: How Do We Nurture the Growth of God's Kingdom?,” Theses from Virginia Theological Seminary, accessed August 13, 2020, https://vtsbpl.omeka.net/items/show/39.