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An Image to Guide the Conversation

posted 21 Aug 2018, 12:32 by June Miller, MCA Communications
An Image to Guide the Conversation


Congregations and denominations generally move through three distinct stages over the course of their lives. These stages are represented in the diagram below.

·        Living for God:  Congregations / denominations begin full of vitality, energy and a sense of God’s presence. As the vision and mission become clear, the congregation does many things well. 

·        Allowing for God:  There comes a time in the life of most congregations / denominations where things do not go as well as people had hoped, usually for a variety of reasons. During this time, members of the congregation are invited to surrender themselves to God, letting go of what was in order to awaken to the new that God is seeking to do among them.

·        Listening for God:  As the congregation / denomination opens itself to God, it practices listening for how God is leading the congregation. This stage invites members to be renewed in their faith even as the congregation is renewed.