In a recent post, I referred to Transcendence as a vital ingredient of a viable or thriving urban Church. Wife M. has referred to this as "opening heaven" for people. Commenting on that post, M. considered that two things have been vital to our Church: 1. Loving and caring. A few people have had a special gift for this, and it has been catching. And 2. Faithfulness and endurance. The success of much of our work may be put down to no small number of very dedicated people. OBSERVATION: I think that M. is right. At the same time, I don't think I would put these factors at the top of my list, as I see them as having their roots elsewhere. Maybe more on this in another post.