There are at least three different possibilities for the life of a congregation:
- Vital – A vital congregation that is one that is creating places for new people to love God and love neighbor. The ministry and impact of the congregation is expanding.
- Viable – A viable congregation is one that continues to exist at the same ministry level and opportunities as years past.
- Inviable – An inviable congregation is one whose financial and mission reality is not sustainable.
The goal for congregations could be to move from one level to another – inviable to viable and viable to vital. Vital congregations can look for ways to expand their ministry and help move other congregations toward vitality.