What is a flourishing congregation?
From interviews with congregation and denomination leaders across Catholic, mainline, and conservative Protestant settings between Vancouver and Halifax, here are a series of variables that stand out to us – things leaders tell us contribute to, are evidence of, or are aspirations of what they associate with a flourishing congregation. A more detailed article summarizing these findings can be found here.
As our research progresses, especially when we survey and talk with congregants, our conception of what constitutes a flourishing congregation may evolve as well.
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Flourishing Congregations construct
The Stories We Tell
Hear from researchers from across Canada as they share some of their case study findings on Canadian churches
Congregational Storytelling and Culture Building: Navigating Transitions in One Catholic Parish
Dr. Joel Thiessen
Cultivating Repertoirs of Resilience: The Power of Stories
Dr. Katie Steeves and Dr. Jason Burtt
Trinity Western University
Explosively Alive: Stories of Catholic Renewal
Dr. Catherine Holtmann, University of New Brunswick &
Dr. Sam Reimer, Crandall University
Resonant Relationships: Contemplative Spiritual Disciplines
as a Congregational Focus
Dr. Mark Chapman, Lead Researcher,
Tyndale Intercultural Ministries Centre
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