Kirk Hadaway, chief statistician and researcher with the Episcopal Church, compiles dozens of contributing factors in the piece, and Victoria Heard, head of church planting and congregational development for the Diocese of Dallas, has
done an excellent job crystallizing his work down to what she considers the essentials. Heard assumes first a “robust proclamation” of the Nicene Creed, and then presents a six-pack of fundamentals.
1. A kingdom road map
2. The children go up front
3. Sunday school still works
4. A culture of learning for adults
5. Hospitality that counts
6. Add a service, stir up the sound
You can link to her excellent and challenging full article here.