Congregational development and vitalization is the development of congregations of all sizes, locations and conditions into more faithful, healthy and effective communities of faith. These communities are:
- Focused on their unique reason and primary task for being: congregations that are local manifestations of the Body of Christ.
- 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 towards greater sustainability, in the elements of their organizational life: vision for ministry, worship, leadership, culture, size, property, finances and program.