Here is an article from Presbyterian pastor Carol Howard Merritt called Ten Church Models for a New Generation. She describes creative models for being a vibrant congregation that don’t depend on affluence, big numbers and big buildings to be able to serve God in vital ministries. She includes links to examples of these kinds kinds of communities so that you can explore further.
Among the models are neomonastic communities, non-profit/church hybrids, congregations that support themselves through a business as some monastic communities do, pastors that support themselves through a business, and congregations that connect with their communities via various kinds of food ministries.
I found some of these models appealing, especially those that view the congregation as a type of monastic community. What do you think?