10 Characteristics of a Healthy Church

Posted by Tammy Glass

10 CHARACTERISTICS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH
3 JOHN 1:2
CBC 4/25/10 SM


Would U rather our church be…
  1. healthy
  2. large
Any thing “healthy” will grow automatically…
Everything large is not necessarily healthy!

HEALTHY CHURCH CRITERIA
  1. God-Centered Worship
  • Church energized by faith
  • Biblically based worship experience
  • Christ-centered
  • Exalt & glorify God
Need to Be…
  • corporate
  • genuine
  • inspiring
  • dynamic
  • participatory
  • transforming
  • indigenous (fits our environment)
  • culturally relevant
Lead people to encounter God
  • In whole life not just church life
2. God-Focused
  • Find out God’s priorities
  • Focus our attention there
  • Clearly defined mission/purpose
  • Priorities
  • Direction
  • God’s agenda
  • Change for future gains
3. Needs-Based Ministries

Transform community by meeting
  • Physical needs
  • Emotional needs
  • Spiritual needs
  • Members & community
Cultural connectedness is essential
  • People our greatest asset
  • Listen to fears & dreams
  • Identify their gifts
4. Joyous Generosity
  • Face the “cost” of change & growth
  • Maintain a reasonable budget
  • Make people aware of financial need
  • People put money where passion is
5. Empowering Leadership
  • Lead from our “knees”
  • Continuously equipping for ministry
  • Build a community vs running organization
  • Create more leaders…not followers
  • Help others be successful
  • Coordinating & resourcing church ministry
6. Participative Membership
  • Members should contribute to the life, work & witness of the church
  • Share in decision making
  • Together solve problems & deal w/ conflict
  • People “doing the ministry”
  • In church
  • In society
  • Take responsibility & use their gifts
7. A Loving, Authentic Community of Faith
  • Relational small groups w/in church
  • Nurture loving/caring relationships
  • Celebrate diversity
  • Value people for who they are
  • Build “real” relationships rather than “nice” relationships
  • Community which has organization – NOT organization that has communities (cliques)
8. Discipleship Oriented
  • Help people be holy
  • Explore the faith
  • Discover God’s love
  • Grow into living out faith
Get involved in…
  • Theological growth
  • Personal disciplines
  • Biblical priorities
  • Strong Christology
9. Outreach Focused
  • Needs-oriented evangelism
  • Outreach a “value” of church
  • Be aware of our community
  • Encourage new outreach ventures
10. Passionate Prayer
  • Completely dependant on God through prayer
  • Total surrender to His will for us
  • ASK-for what we need
  • SEEK-what we desire
  • KNOCK-continuously
FINAL THOUGHT: is that CBC, Prescott?

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