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Ten Affirmations for Healthy Congregations

How Congregants and Ministers Can Achieve High Levels of Religious Commitment, Practice and Life Expression

Ten Affirmations for Healthy Congregations

Schedule: Unity Church of Tidewater
Workshop: Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:00-12:00
Lesson: Sunday, June 14, 2015 11:00am

While modern media can provide much of what spiritual seekers are looking for, they cannot fully replace the experience of spiritual development in a congregational setting. Oprah and Joel Osteen may provide spiritual answers, but they cannot garner any true sense of religious commitment. Commitment occurs in community, and it is in congregations that achieve high levels of commitment that we find continued church growth today.

This workshop explores ten things that garner high levels of religious commitment. Drawing upon 300 years of American religious history and fifty years of sociological study, we can learn what practices and habits of ministers and their congregants lead to vibrant religious movements. We will take a special look at the Unity movement and the practices of the Fillmores to learn why Unity grew so rapidly in the first fifty years.

This workshop is for all who wish to understand the ebb and flow of life in church congregations and who wish to contribute in meaningful ways to building a religious community that inspires high levels of commitment, practice and life expression.