Flourishing Congregations construct

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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Research Team

Sociology of Religion

Ambrose University

Practical Theology & Religious Education

Associate Director
Ambrose University

Practical Theology

Leader Networker
Ambrose University

Personal & Organizational Leadership

Member at Large
University of Saskatchewan


Our purpose is to conduct and share Canadian and tradition-specific research on congregations that are flourishing


Our mission is to bring together academics and practitioners to research the factors surrounding flourishing congregations in Canada, develop tools and resources to help congregations to flourish, and share our research findings with congregations that wish to flourish. 

partnership council

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Rev Dr Don Moore received his PhD from Michigan State University in education studying innovation and change in Christian higher educational institutions. He leads a consulting ministry, called "Coaching for Life Change."  

Previously, he served as the Global Church Ambassador for the Gideons International in Canada, the National Church Ambassador with World Vision Canada, as the Executive Director of Vision 2000 Canada under the auspices of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and as the Dean of Briercrest Biblical Seminary.

Don is married to Dr Bonnie Mallard who is a University of Guelph professor. She recently received the Governor General’s 2017 Award for Innovation at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. They have 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren and an adorable grandpuppy.

Coaching for Life Change

Don Moore


Over the past 6 years Carla has launched a buying group, the Social Innovation Challenge, a mentoring program, an Innovation Grant program called Embracing the Spirit, and she continues to explore what is on the edge. Her background is in the for-profit sector and she has an MBA from UBC, which may be an unusual background, but she is finding ways to leverage her different lens and experience to help community of faith in building partnerships and reconnecting in their neighbourhoods.

Manager of New Initiatives for EDGE at The United Church of Canada

Carla Leon 


David Eagle received his PhD in sociology at Duke University studying the social organization of congregations in North America. He is presently a researcher with Duke Divinity School's Clergy Health Initiative where he is part of the largest data collection ever done with clergy, a 10-year project to understand the challenges that United Methodist pastors face in terms of their mental and physical health. 
He is keenly interested in how religious adherence and belief is changing in congregations in North American and how these changes are impacting the shape of pastoral ministry and theological education. He has published on factors that influence clergy health, megachurches, and trends in religious adherence and attendance in Canada.  His website is at www.davideagle.org.

Research Associate at Duke University

David Eagle

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Tim Hingston is a Roman Catholic Priest ordained for the Diocese of Hamilton in Ontario. Living near Guelph, Ontario, he achieved a B.Comm in 1985 and worked in the field of Real Estate Development and Hotel and Food Administration. Entering St Peter's Seminary in 1999 led to opportunities to minister throughout the Diocese.

Currently, he is the Pastor of Saint Matthew Parish in the Glen Abbey area of Oakville and serves as the Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer for the Diocese. In addition to being the Spiritual Leader of an active and vibrant community, much time is spent in teaching and leading ecumenical endeavours.

Priest with the Diocese of Hamilton, Ontario

Tim Hingston


Robb is married to Lois and together they have three amazing daughters.  Living in Ottawa, Robb and Lois lead Global Leadership Network Canada.  Together, they work with churches and leaders across the country to provide leadership resources that equip Christians by building their skill and inspiring their faith.

Co-Executive Director of Global Leadership Network Canada

Rob Warren


Clara is honoured to join the Flourishing Congregations Partnership Council as its inaugural Chair. A Priest in the Anglican Church of Canada, Clara has two key roles in the Diocese of Calgary. She is Rector (Senior Priest) of St. George’s Anglican Church in North East Calgary; under her leadership, this immigrant/working-class parish is undertaking a multi-year program of revitalization. As Rural Missioner, Clara liaises with the many struggling rural congregations of the Diocese to explore paradigm-shifting approaches to rural missions.  

Her work in identifying and addressing system issues at the parish and Diocesan levels has led to her leadership in designing and implementing two legacy resource programs which aim to change the culture of, and attitudes towards, rural ministry within the Diocese. Clara is both a creative thinker and a skilled facilitator who catalyzes collaboration among team members and enhances how groups work together, drawing out the amazing gifts and skills God has planted in our midst.

 Rural Missioner for the Anglican Diocese of Calgary

The Reverend Clara King

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