EVALUATING A CHURCH’S HEALTH – PART 3

Healthy-Church

Part 4 of a Series

 BY DR. STEVE DUNN

 In the previous two posts we outlined major characteristics of healthy churches and complete that assessment with this post.

SHARED, GIFT-ORIENTED MINISTRY

Healthy churches design ministries tied to spiritual gifts and teach their people how to identify and use those gifts.

INTENTIONAL DISCIPLESHIP STRATEGY

 Healthy churches focus on making disciples.  This means that people are continually called to develop lifestyles that are on mission with Jesus.  Discipleship requires grounding in the Word, identifying our gifts and passions, and developing skills, practices, and disciplines that help people continue to mature in their walk with God.

Healthy churches understand the absolute necessity of developing a sense of connectedness, belonging, support, and accountability in their people.  An effective small group system is needed to deal with the diversity that exists in churches who make disciples who make disciples because one size does not fit all.

Healthy churches involve maturing and properly equipped people to lead small groups, essentially serving as under-shepherds to the flock.

ORGANIZED TO ACCOMPLISH ITS MISSION

 Healthy churches believe that they have a future and that they must be attentive to the spirit in identifying a mission that moves them forward.

Healthy churches understand that they cannot do everything.  Healthy churches choose to do what is best, not merely is a good thing.  Healthy churches understand that programs have a certain shelf life and must be adapted or replaced as the mission and their mission field change.

Healthy churches teach their people to be good stewards of God’s resources.  They encourage generosity from the top down.

Healthy churches develop budgets in order to plan for responsible ministry. Those budges are developed by the vision God has given the church are never defined by what they have in the bank.

Healthy churches understand the absolute necessity of fiscal responsibility and accountability, and design systems to insure both.

© 2017 by Stephen L. Dunn. Permission is given to repost or quote provided this copyright notice is included and a link provided to this blogsite.  The courtesy of an email with a link to its reposting or a copy of the work it is quoted in would be appreciated.

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