Here are the 10 elements of a healthy church that I shared with you on January 31st.
A healthy church is prayerful in all of the following aspects of church life and ministry, is reliant upon God’s power and the authority of His Word, and values:
- God’s Empowering Presence
The healthy church actively seeks the Holy Spirit’s direction and empowerment for its shared life and ministry.
Romans 8:16, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”
- God-Exalting Worship
The healthy church gathers regularly as the local expression of the Body of Christ to worship God in ways that engage the heart, mind, soul, and strength of the people.
John 4:23, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”
- Spiritual Disciplines
The healthy church provides training, models, and resources for members of all ages to develop their daily spiritual disciplines. (CE is so much more than simply Sunday school classes)
James 3:17, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven if first of all pure, then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”
- Learning & Growing in Community
The healthy church encourages believers to grow in their walk with God and with one another in the context of a safe, affirming environment.
Romans 14:19, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”
- A Commitment to Loving & Caring Relationships
The healthy church is intentional in its efforts to build loving, caring relationships within families, between members and within the community we serve.
I John 3:16, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”
In some instances, this is a literal statement but also a figurative one in that we should be intentional about helping one another when others in our church are in peril, under attack or facing crisis in their lives.
- Servant-Leadership Development
The healthy church identifies and develops individuals whom God has called and given the gift of leadership and challenges them to be servant-leaders.
Ephesians 4:16, “From Him (Christ) the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
Preparation for church leadership roles involves more than a phone call to see if an individual can be encouraged to serve. It takes time for reflection, prayer and a path of Spiritual awakening to be able to serve at the direction of the Spirit.
- An Outward Focus
The healthy church places high priority on communicating the truth of Jesus and demonstrating the love of Jesus to those outside the faith.
Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
- Wise Administration & Accountability
The healthy church utilizes appropriate facilities, equipment, and systems to provide maximum support for the growth and development of its ministries.
Luke 16:11, “So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?”
- Networking with the Body of Christ
The healthy church reaches out to others in the Body of Christ for collaboration, resource sharing, learning opportunities, and united celebrations of worship.
John 17:23, “May they (the church) be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
- Stewardship & Generosity
The healthy church teaches its members that they are stewards of their God-given resources and challenges them to be sacrificially generous in sharing with others.
2 Corinthians 9:6, “Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”