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Part 5 | Program Preferences
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Part 5 returns to the community and examines both what members of your congregation and what people in the the community want from a church.This section also uses Divergence but this time it is based on what is wanted and whether your congregation is currently offering a program to meet that need. A high divergence means that the programming or services in this area are desired but your congregation isn’t offering them. A low divergence means either that the program is of little importance to others and you’re NOT offering it or that program in this area is desirable and you ARE offering it.
Again the term “divergence” is used to compare the current situation with the ideal of a program being offered. You will see that the Community is listed as having “High Divergence” but the Congregation as having “Low Divergence”. What does this mean? Let’s start with the Community. The community sees Care for the Terminally Ill as something of high importance but the congregation doesn’t offer a program or service to meet this need. Therefore there is “high” divergence between what the community wants and what the church offers. However, when you examine the congregation’s interest you see very little interest in the need for Care for the Terminally Ill. The fact that the congregation doesn’t see it as important AND doesn’t offer it means that there is low divergence. The dilemma here is that the community really sees a need but the congregation doesn’t. What implications for outreach does this gap provide?