Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

by Robert Schnase. Abingdon Press, 2018.

Written by the United Methodist Bishop of Missouri, this book outlines five congregational practices of an effective congregation, detailing the importance of each and providing evaluation tools to measure your own congregation's vitality.


five congregational practices --- radical hospitality, passionate worship, internal faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity; evaluation metrics

Best For

clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Evaluate which of the five practices your congregation can improve upon by engaging in the study exercises and conversation starters in the book.

About the Contributor

Brian Witwer

Brian Witwer is the retired director of the Center for Congregations' northeast office. Brian has specialized training in leadership and group process.

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