This week our church begins a series and emphasis on BECOMING A HEALTHY CHURCH. We are not alone in this arena. I read over the weekend where 82% of the churches in America are plateaued or declining and are in need of some close inspection as to "why" the church isn't thriving.
I suspect that we'll find over the course of the 12-15 weeks we'll spend on this that most of it is a spiritual condition, but human events and fingerprints on our condition will be noticed and evidenced. It can't be helped because the church is made up of people.
We're taking a survey of leadership and the congregation at healthychurch.net and it's grading us in the areas of 10 Characteristics. These characteristics were noted in a group of healthy churches; regardless of size, style, preference or locale. All of them were thriving healthy churches. Just think of it like a baseline exam that you get from your Doctor. It tells you where you are now (not necessarily what got you there--although you probably have a pretty good idea already) and it tells you where you need to go to become healthy.
Here are the characteristics listed:
Characteristic 1-God's Empowering PresenceCharacteristic 2-God‐Exalting Worship
Characteristic 3-Spiritual Disciplines
Characteristic 4-Learning and Growing in Community
Characteristic 5-A Commitment to Loving and Caring Relationships
Characteristic 6-Servant‐Leadership Development
Characteristic 7-An Outward Focus
Characteristic 8-Wise Administration and Accountability
Characteristic 9-Networking with the Body of Christ
Characteristic 10-Stewardship and Generosity
Over the next few months you'll see lots of posts about this effort. I hope you'll share your experiences in becoming healthy and also in helping the church become "what she was created to be--the BRIDE OF CHRIST--given to show HIS GLORY!"
You can also read a portion of the book that formed the basis of this survey here.