Part 3 of a Series
BY DR. STEVE DUNN
In our previous post we focused of three characteristics of healthy churches and evaluative statements to determine whether or not that characteristic was true about your church. Those characteristics were:
BIBLICAL PREACHING, TEACHING, AND MODELING
PASSION FOR EVANGELISM/JESUS EXPRESSED THROUGH NEED-MEETING MINISTRIES
HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS WITH GOD AND OTHERS
There are more characteristics to be considered:
INSPIRED, GOD-CENTERED WORSHIP
Healthy churches worship. They resist an entertainment focus. Healthy churches seek to make worshipers of all who come.
Healthy churches plan dynamic worship that clearly worship Jesus Christ.
FERVENT, STRATEGIC PRAYER
Healthy churches move beyond praying for the physical needs of the congregation to the needs for the world and the goals of the Kingdom of God.
Healthy churches bathe their leaders and the decision-making process in prayer.
EMPOWERING SERVANT LEADERS
Healthy churches develop a team nature to its leadership. They identify and equip leaders who see leadership as stewardship of God’s people in mission. This means the church does not belong to the leaders and is not defined by the leader’s desires but by the Holy Spirit’s direction.
Healthy churches know how to make wise decisions, to delegate dimensions of the ministry to gifted persons, and to hold their leaders accountable.
Healthy churches understand their connectedness to the larger church—seeking ways to avail themselves to the resources of their parent denomination and being contributors themselves to the health of that denomination.
This article to be continued ….
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Previous articles in this series:
MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH – PART 1
MARKS OF A HEALTHY PASTOR