Is Your Church Healthy - How do you know?
Posted on September 14, 2021 8:00 AM by Mark Snowden
In a meeting with Aaron Swensen, our CABA Moderator and pastor of SonRise Church, Aaron shared how he had encouraged another pastor. The pastor was dejected because 20% of his regular attenders had not returned to regular worship services. Aaron switched it around and complimented the church for having 80% of the members return. I liked Aaron’s perspective and positivity. He ministered to another pastor at an important juncture in his ministry.
Jason McKinney, CABA’s church planting coach, had another change in perspective at a meeting conducted by leaders in No Place Left. They identified ten qualities of a church using the church at Corinth in the Bible as an example. Jason’s church actually had more going on in his church than Corinth did!
What markers do you use to determine your church’s health? No Place Left uses 10 markers that are not budgets, bodies, and buildings:
1. Repent & Believe – professions of faith in Jesus
2. Baptisms – first sign of obedience
3. Pray – constant and consistent
4. Go Make Disciples – maturing, but also going
5. Love – exhibited by care
6. Worship – genuine adoration
7. Lord’s Supper – ‘til He comes
8. Give – a culture of generosity
9. Leaders – developing and empowering
10. Gather – finding ways to meet
Celebrate or address any or all of these markers of a healthy church.
NOTE: This year many CABA churches have been distributing Hope Changes Everything CSB New Testaments. They were funded by the Dunn-Hopkins Associational Offering. In the back are printed the “10 Commands of Christ.” Each of those Bible studies line up with the 10 Qualities of a Healthy Church. In No Place Left training, the Church Circle is a church health diagram for new believers to study and participate in churches who want to be as biblically healthy as possible. If you would like to have a few dozen of these Bibles to use, LifeWay blessed us by printing an additional 1,000 copies. I believe at this writing some 700 still remain.
--Mark Snowden is the Director of Missional Leadership, CABA