There are many lists of the dimensions of church and of mission. Here are a few.
Worship, Community, and Mission may be compared to other indicators of our identity (see also Characteristics ) and with elements in congregational life missiologists suggest we look at in order to help us become what we should be.
None of these is the whole story - church growth is about many things: what God is doing, what the culture around us is doing, and how we are responding to both; but it is never something given and automatic.
One Mission of God
Two Mandates (John Stott and the Lausanne Covenant, 1974)
Three Marks of a Reformed Church
Mission as a Triple Dialogue
Archbishop Stephen Hamao, President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees, at the presentation of Tom Fox's book "Pentecost in Asia: A New Way of Being Church" Rome, December 4, 2002. http://nationalcatholicreporter.org/word/word1206.htm
Five Faces of Mission:
The mission of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand is to make Jesus Christ known:
Five Purposes of Rick Warren
Every church needs to grow warmer through fellowship, deeper through discipleship, stronger through worship, broader through ministry, and larger through evangelism. Rick Warren
Six Elements of Mission (Stephen Bevans, SVD, "Unraveling a 'complex reality': Six Elements of Mission," International Bulletin of Missionary Research, April 2003, 27(2) 50-53)
Six Great Ends of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
Six Themes for Studying Congregations
Nancy Ammerman, et al, eds., Studying Congregations. A new handbook, Abingdon, 1998.
Seven Features of Healthy Congregations in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
Eight Indicators of Effective Churches (Kevin Ward)
1) An outward focus among leaders and members expressed in both a concern for evangelism and for wider social engagement in the community.
2) High levels of participation, as shown by worship attendance, small group commitment and involvement in leadership and ministry.
3) A strong sense of belonging as shown by high levels of satisfaction among members, a growing sense of commitment, healthy relationships and low levels of conflict.
4) A clear sense of direction. Members regard their congregation as having a sense of direction and purpose. Leadership has a strong sense of vision for the growth of the congregation, both numerically and in other dimensions, to which the members are committed and willing to change to accomplish.
5) Effective leadership which is inspiring and directive, but listens to members and empowers them to use their gifts and skills.
6) A lively faith with individuals growing in faith, experiencing moments of conversion or commitment, and high levels of devotional activity.
7) Inspiring and engaging worship services, that provide a sense of transcendence for those who attend and that are expressed in appropriate cultural forms that enable them to engage with it.
8) A younger age profile as a result of successful retention of young adults and attraction of newcomers.
Eight Things to note for Congregations in Transition
Carl Dudley and Nancy Ammerman, Congregations in Transition. A guide for analyzing, assessing and adapting in changing communities, Jossey-Bass, 2002, talks about maps of place, people and institution, and about buildings, leadership, resources, worship, and music.
Eight dimensions of Natural Church Development
Ten marks of “Growing Healthy Churches” from the Missionary Congregation Project Team, Board of Mission, Anglican Church in the United Kingdom
(1) an energising faith
(2) an outward looking focus
(3) seeks to find out what God wants
(4) faces the cost of change and growth
(5) an enabling leadership
(6) a participative a laity
(7) a loving community
(8) sees faith as a journey we are all on
(9) practice what they preach
(10) doing a few things well.
Twelve Keys To an Effective Church - Kennon Callahan
(The first 6 are Relational; the second 6 are Functional)
|1. Specific Mission Programs||7. Several Competent Programs and Activities|
|2. Lay and Pastoral Visitation||8. Open Accessibility|
|3. Dynamic Worship||9. High Visibility|
|4. Significant Relational Groups||10. Adequate Parking, Land and Landscaping|
|5. Strong Leadership Resources||11. Adequate Space and Facilities|
|6. Solid Participatory Decision Making||12. Solid Financial Resources|
Thirteen Elements of An Emerging Ecumenical Missionary Paradigm (David Bosch, Transforming Mission, Orbis, 368-510.)