This fall we have begun a four-part series, exploring the four marks of a vital congregation, as developed through many diocesan events and workshops. The four marks are: Formation in Christ, Mission in the World, Joyful Leadership, and Sacramental Hospitality. We began on Sept. 27 by looking at Formation in Christ. This month we continue with:
October 11 – (11:30-12:15) – Mission in the World:
A vital congregation is known beyond its own membership as having a particular mission or gift.
- Church members collaborate with people within the congregation and the wider community
- through service, crossing traditional boundaries of age, class, race, and language.
- The congregation makes building and grounds available to wider community uses.
- The congregation intentionally embraces its strengths, engaging strengths and resources in
- service to Christ, rather than hiding them under a bushel or safeguarding them for
- congregation members alone.
In February 2015 the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon put forth a definition of what creates a church vitality. The four marks of a vital church include:
- Joyful Leadership
- Sacramental Hospitality
- Mission in the World
- Formation in Christ
In a Sunday Adult Forum, our parishioners took the opportunity to explore “Formation in Christ” and to discuss what it meant for our parish.
A vital congregation creates community that leads its members to grow spiritually by becoming more Christ-like.