Leadership guru, Miller, asks sixteen questions that help congregations think clearly about their options. Some questions can be answered with data-gathering and analysis, such as making a community pin map showing where recent visitors have come from, and determining how many current attendees drive more than 15 minutes to worship. Others foster a more subjective look, such as gauging how emotionally-charged the decision might be. Neither a move nor a remodel can substitute for certain fundamentals, however. Miller lists ten “bottom-line” factors that are necessary for a thriving congregation irrespective of location. These include a having mission focus, leadership nurture, fiscal generosity, and the practice of spiritual disciplines. Leaders of any theological stripe will find wisdom and practical tools for strategically considering whether to remodel or relocate. It can be used in small group study, especially with leaders, or adapted for use with the entire congregation.
Curated by Marie F. Fleming