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Spiritual and Relational Vitality
The Driving Force of Transformational Change
Spiritual and relational vitality is the life-giving power that faithful people experience together as they passionately pursue God's vision for their lives. All of us long to experience the power of spiritual and relational vitality in our lives and our congregations. In fact, this vitality provides the energy for congregational transformation. Unfortunately, many have given up hope of living with this spirit.
Suggested Actions to Foster Change
ACTIVITY 1-A Bible Study and Reflection
Objective To discern how our personal and congregational practices align with biblical descriptions of the early church. Process Reflect on the story of the early church, as recorded in Acts, and on your experience with God's transforming power.
ACTIVITY 1-B Assessment of Spiritual and Relational Vitality
Objective To determine the congregation's overall vitality and its readiness to move forward in the transformation process.
Process Consider the following questions:
Note: Additional assessment activities in Chapter Seven can provide further insight into a congregation's spiritual and relational vitality.
Additional Suggestions to Build Spiritual and Relational Vitality
The Holy Spirit is the source of spiritual and relational vitality, and congregations cannot control how or when the Spirit moves. The church, however, needs to be prepared to respond and should seek ways to foster vitality. The following activities can create an environment in which vitality can develop: