Discover your unique strengths and values - and what God wishes for the future of your church. All congregations want to thrive and remain vibrant - but it's not always easy. Many approaches to growth and renewal don't quite fit, because they don't take into account the "spiritual DNA" of the congregation - those intrinsic characteristics that give each congregation its unique identity. Cracking Your Congregation's Code provides a practical program for reaching the heart of what must be done to survive and thrive. This unique book guides clergy and lay leaders to create or revisit their mission, vision, and values. The authors' proven, field-tested change process will help congregations in any setting refocus on what really matters in ministry: welcoming, nurturing, empowering, and serving new and current members.
Table of Contents
Preface; The Authors; Acknowledgments; Introduction: The Possibilities for Renewal and Growth; Part One: Your Congregation's Spiritual Code; 1. Your Congregation's Spiritual DNA: Your Unique Identity; 2. Cracking Your Spiritual Code: Growing into Who You Are; Part Two: Using "WelNES" Systems to Renew and Grow Your Congregation; 3. Come Right In: Your Welcoming System; 4. We're Here to Care: Your Nurturing System; 5. Yes, You Can: Your Empowering System; 6. How May We Help You? Your Serving System; Part Three: The Strategic Mapping Process; 7. Creating Your Strategic Map to Take You Where You Want to Go; Resources; Bibliography; Index.
Richard Southern and Robert Norton launched Church Development Systems, a nonprofit organization and consulting practice in 1990. Together they have advised, coached, and led hundreds of congregations on the path to renewal and growth.