The Life Cycle and Stages of Congregational Development

by George Bullard. 2001.


This article presents a life cycle model that can help leaders understand their congregation's current life stage and anticipate inevitable transitions.


insights into organizational dynamics, graphic

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Identify what life stage your congregation is in before brainstorming action steps.
  • Discern when to reclaim or re-cast a congregation's vision in order to ensure continued vitality.

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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