To live into a transforming future, congregations must take actions that carry them into the future. Actions that affirm the way churches once were, are unlikely to carry congregations into the future. Retro worship, programs, and ministries are not the future. Assuming if we build it they will come, will not carry congregations into the future.
The future of congregations is about relationships more than it has been in recent decades. Vision is the most important thing by which congregations can be captivated, but building deep relationships with God, one another and their community context often must come first.