Creating a Congregational Culture of Validation

by Tim Shapiro. Center for Congregations, May 2017.


This article reveals how validation fosters flourishing congregations and lists three ways leaders can infuse validation into congregational life.


three practices to implement validation into congregational culture

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Use this article as a conversation among leaders, staff, and small groups.
  • Increase your congregation's ability to trust one another and try new things by applying practices of validation towards your congregational culture.

About the Contributor

Marie Fleming

Marie Fleming was a contract resource consultant for the Center for Congregations. Her consulting practice includes congregation-based Permaculture Design and equipping congregations for creation care.

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