I am not a church-growth expert and, in fact, but I am
an observer. I have noted several things of late in healthy churches of all
- There is unity, but
- They know their
strengths and weaknesses and don't attempt to be something they are not.
- They are not clones
of any other church or program, but have discovered what God wants them to be.
- The pastor is
committed to longevity (5-7 years minimum) and has a shepherd's heart.
- They are fiscally
responsible ? unimpressed with material images.
- They have a vision
beyond their property line.
- They deal with
contention in a pre-determined manner — they have a plan.
- Worship is spirited,
yet pleasant and well-presented.
- Attendees are not
simply "pew fillers" — they are cared for and engaged in ministry.
- They are relevant to
the culture and focused on biblical teaching and holy living.
The list I have shared is in no way exhaustive. Our
space limits that. I am sometimes burdened by the lack of depth I find in the
church world. I'm just being honest because I feel time is short. James