CHURCHES THAT BUILD BRIDGES

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BY DR. STEVE DUNN

A number years ago Kennon Callahan wrote a superb book which was a formative piece of my vision for healthy churches building bridges through redemptive relationships with their larger community and the unchurched. The book was called Twelve Keys for the Effective Church. Callahan’s 12 keys were:

.. Relational :
Specific, concrete missional objectives
Pastoral and lay visitation
Corporate, dynamic worship
Significant relational groups
Strong leadership resources
Streamlined structure and solid, participatory decision making

Functional :
Several competent programs and activities
Open accessibility
High visibility
Adequate parking, land, and landscaping
Adequate space and facilities
Solid financial resources.

Many of these remain quite valid today. How would you measure up against these?

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