Five Practices will help a congregation take practical steps to strengthen the quality of their essential ministries and reconnect with God’s purpose. Our text is Five Practices for Fruitful Congregations by Robert Schnase, which focuses on these essential activities of vital, healthy congregations.
Intentional Faith Development
Risk-taking Mission and Service
A congregation will assess each of these areas and consider what is going well and where they could be more faithful. Then an action plan is created to strengthen the ministry. The process includes an introduction, one session on each of the five practices and a final planning meeting for a total of seven sessions. This can be done with a small team or with the whole congregation.
While this material has been used effectively using the model of seven meetings, there are other options available. In each instance the congregation purchases a book for each participant.
5 Practices Options for 2022
The book, Five Practices for Fruitful Congregations (Revised and Updated) by Robert Schnase is available from several online vendors for around $15.
Bonnie Andrews if you are in the SE or SW
Cathy Wille if you are in NE or NW
“I’ve reviewed the ‘Five Practices’ materials and am so excited to be a trainer for this program. Many of the make-sense suggestions the author gives for today’s churches are things we do in my home church, and we’ve found them to be very effective. I feel this program will benefit every congregation that jumps on board.” –Sandi Van Sistine, First UCC, Green Bay