- Focused on and faithful to their unique reason or being/primary task as congregations which, with God’s help, gather people into a community of transformation and renewal and send them into the world.
- Connected to and expressive of their unique ecclesial tradition, ethos and character
- Self-renewing and responsive to the challenges and opportunities before them
- Sustainable or working toward greater sustainability in terms of a fit between the elements of their organizational life: vision for ministry, leadership, culture, size, property, finances etc.
The congregational development department manages the College of Congregational Development, and runs several training programs each year for both clergy and lay church leaders.