Last week we discussed 5 Signs of a Healthy Christian Church in an effort to take the pulse of our churches and discern whether they are healthy or suffering from dysfunction: toxic dynamics, wrong teaching, or unbalanced leadership.
This series is not intended to determine metrics for church growth. It serves more as a checklist to measure the heart, practice, and biblical integrity of our individual Christian churches.
Be sure to revisit our starting point in last week’s blog post, but here’s a quick recap of the first five points covered:
- Christ is the center of conversations, preaching, teaching, programs, prayer, worship, and all decisions.
- Conviction (repentance) and grace are both present.
- The church welcomes and includes children, individuals with special needs and disabilities, and the mentally ill. This takes place from the top down.
- There are sinners, still working through their sanctification, in the church.
- The pastor is not a solo act. He is accountable to his denomination and/or affiliation.
Picking up where we left off, let’s examine five more signs of a healthy church. How is your church doing? Read the rest of this entry »