Energizing the Congregation: Images That Shape Your Church's Ministry

by Carl S. Dudley, Sally A. Johnson. Westminster John Knox Press, 1993.

According to the authors, the discovery of strong and compelling congregational self-images binds members together and energizes ministry. They describe five images of churches' relationships to their communities over time: the Survivor, Prophet, Pillar, Pilgrim, and Servant styles, thus allowing churches to gain the knowledge necessary to build on their strengths and address their weaknesses.