8 Strengths of Congregations

 

Videos by Gary Gunderson from the book

Deeply Woven Roots

 

Full Version, 22-minutes

Introduction

Short videos for each of the 8 strengths

1 — Strength to Accompany

 

Life is “being with.” Congregations can create relationships. Expansive community. Building patterns of accompaniment.

 

2 — Strength to Convene

 

Convening to find God and each other. Convening in the war zone. The role of the faith community. Tending and mending the web.

 

3 — Strength to Connect

 

Disconnected communities. Deep connectedness. Faith risks trust. Healthy connections. Connecting for advocacy. Look for patterns. 

 

4 — Strength to Tell Stories

To tell the story is to frame the meaning. Discerning our story. Elements of a story. Practical steps toward giving context. 

 

5 — Strength to Give Sanctuary

Safe haven on a dangerous journey. Where spirituality comes alive. Where trust grows and shows.

 

6 — Strength to Bless

Why blessing? Pseudo-blessing. Clear way for hope. Implementing blessing.  

 

7 — Strength to Pray

Standing at the intersection. Prayerful humility empowers. The integrity of prayer. Not leaving prayer to chance.

 

8 — Strength to Endure

A different drummer. So there! Pass the coffee. Brokenness makes for endurance. One thing endures. 

 

 

Bonus for those who scrolled this far:

Congregations and the 8 Strengths