Many congregations believe they no longer add value to their community context. Often this is not the case. Some congregations represent a stable and healthy model of life for their community. Some congregations have great political value in their community. Some congregations are the social and moral moorings of their community.
Congregations seeking to transform recognize their potential for empowerment in their community context, and see this as an asset base for effective Christian ministry. They build relationships with politicians, businesses, nonprofits, and schools in their context. They discover higher ground issues they can work on to improve the community.