Faith Foundations, Collective Identity and Collaborative Leadership:
Churches that were interviewed as part of the Enliven Churches Project were observed to be faith-filled and collaborative in culture, particularly in the way they would nurture strong faith foundations, collective identity and collaborative leadership.
An intentional focus on discipleship was found in these healthy churches, including pathways for growth in faith, prayer, worship and engaging with the Word of God. Spiritual elders were often present, with a valued role of mentoring and discernment within the church. Senior leaders modelled collaborative leadership and nurtured a culture of teamwork, involving others and working well together across people’s complimentary gifts and skills.
- Faith Foundations: nurturing faith foundations, faith practices and trust in God.
- Collective Identity: having strong core identity and shared values.
- Collaborative Leadership: modelling a collaborative leadership team culture.
Below are a selection of church stories that show how flourishing churches embody a culture of strong faith foundations, collective identity and collaborative leadership.