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4 Ways to Reconsider Your Congregation

Once you have determined the problem that led to church conflict, found a research method, and conducted some data collection, it is time to analyze the data. By looking at your data in different ways, you can see things you wouldn’t normally see. We talk about looking at the data through a variety of different “frames.” We use the word “frame” to mean ways to organize thoughts around the topic of studying congregation — you could also think of it as a lens or an orienting strategy. Each of these frames will provide a different way to look at your congregation — and each can be useful for different reasons.

How does the addition of another faith community, one that is growing,
affect how your congregation reaches
out to the community or the congregation’s morale?

It’s important to understand what
brings people together, in terms
of the activities they do, the things
they value, and the stories
they tell.

One important variable to consider when examining congregational life is the types of resources available to a congregation. These resources can be both countable or relational.

A better understanding the processes can provide for greater committee efficiency, stronger and better-run programming, & more engagement by members.