Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Healthy Church?

Back once again to the Purpose-Driven Church movement. They give out awards for having a healthy church, which seem to be assessed entirely on their standard criteria - does the church have an explicit and deliberate emphasis on worship, discipleship, fellowship, evangelism and service? Problem is, plenty of churches can have that and be chronically unhealthy.

Here are some extra questions...

  • Is the preaching normally preaching systematically through the Bible rather than just whatever the preacher wants to say that week?
  • Are Christians there excited about Jesus?
  • Do visitors actually feel welcome?
  • What is the drop-out rate through the youth work, right up until they are fully integrated into the main body of the church? Ideally, it should be negative.
  • How well are different social groups integrated? Do people primarily love and mix with other people like them or do all members of the church genuinely learn from people from different social, economic, age backgrounds?
  • If the church stopped being all about God, how long would people take to notice?
  • Does the worship reflect well on the worship band or on God?
  • Does the preaching reflect well on the preacher or on God?
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