Vision Matrix Interpretation
Here is a breakdown of what the matrix shows us about the different expressions of the church:
“I” – Institutional Church
The Institutional Church tends to put great emphasis on church programs, policies and procedures. Often, “the way things have always been done” is the way things remain. These often unwritten rules of the congregation are to be followed closely with heavy emphasis given to traditions, committee structures, budgets and organization. The church constitution and bylaws are operational guides. In this congregation, spiritual maturity and transformation tend to come through duty, including following the church “rules” and supporting the institution of the church in all aspects.
“S” – Seeking Church
The Seeking Church prioritizes and finds energy in spiritual activity and involvement. Christian community results from church members meeting together for spiritual growth. This is a church heavy on praying and studying, “being may lead to doing.” This congregation wants members to
be spiritually mature, though they often don’t know exactly what that looks like or how to achieve it. In this congregation, spiritual activity and transformation tend to come by taking steps to be spiritually mature through more praying and more study.
“E” – Engaged Church
The Engaged Church prioritizes ministry activities and involvement. Christian community results from church members doing ministry together. This church is heavy on projects and work, with the philosophy that “doing may lead to being.” This congregation wants members to be active in ministry and mission projects without really knowing why, just that the Great Commission has called Christians to action. For this church, spiritual maturity and transformation tend to come by engaging in ministry and missions.
“M” – Emergent Church
The Emergent Church is a more recent expression of congregational ministries. Built around passion and energy, this church’s members tend to work on collaboration and consensus and support one another, valuing each person’s perspective and path to know God. The church seeks to support every expression of spirituality and service, with great emphasis on inclusion. Diversity is celebrated and viewed as an opportunity for further learning and growth. For this church, spiritual maturity and transformation tend to come from unity of the body and support of one another.