The Congregational Vitality Project is dedicated to studying what makes congregations vital and how vitality changes over time. It also looks which kinds of interventions help which kinds of congregations. This page shares brief summaries of original research, books and articles along with the researcher's reflections on vitality.
Findings based on work of the Congregational Vitality Project
This 2016 study followed up with 7 congregations that participated in a renewal program in Oregon from 2013-2015. See the interaction between pre-conditions within each congregation, engagement in core practices and missional transformation.
Lessons from the Congregational Vitality Project:
For years congregations and denominations have worked to become vital. We think we know what a vital church looks like and feel frustrated when all our efforts seem to fail. We worry about the future of the church. But what if God has something different in mind?