Building the Church's Readiness for a Transformational Ministry Journey

by Heidi Unruh. Baylor University.


This research-based article is a roadmap to transformative community ministry with seven readiness characteristics, action steps, and reflection questions.


scripture references; congregational characteristics; action steps; research findings across many faith traditions, references to Faith Communities Today, Ram Cnaan, and Heidi Unruh studies

Recommended Audience

congregations seeking to create impactful community ministry



Practical Applications

  • Identify characteristics and strengthen your congregation's skillset to implement a transformational community ministry.
  • Consider the realistic demands of community ministry by sharing and discussing this article with your team.

About the Contributor

Kate White

Kate was the associate director for resources at the Center for Congregations. She managed educational resources and worked to get the best resources into the hands of congregations.

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