“In brief there are 9 Characteristics of Vital Congregations listed with explanations. They are:
o Vital Congregations make room, somewhere in worship, for the experience of worship.
o Vital and Faith Congregations make planned and concerted efforts to show hospitality to the stranger.
o Vital and Faithful Congregations have recovered and made visible the sense of drama inherent in Christian worship.
o Vital and Faithful Congregations emphasize congregation music that is both excellent and eclectic in style and genre.
o Vital and Faithful Congregations creatively adapt the space and environment of worship.
o Vital and Faithful Congregations have a strong connection between worship and local mission, and this connection is expressed in every aspect of the worship service.
o Vital and Faithful Congregations have a relatively stable order of service and a significant repertoire of worship elements and responses that the congregation knows by heart.
o Vital and Faithful Congregations move to a joyous festival experience toward the end of their worship services.
o Vital and Faithful Congregations all have strong, charismatic pastors as worship leaders.
Session Elders have committed to read this book in 2017 and invite you to join us in exploration of real Vital and Faithful Congregations in the world today. Session is actively exploring how we can make the book available to the entire congregation. Imagine a book study open to everyone focused on intentionally making St. Andrews Hespeler a Vital and Faithful Congregation for future generations.