What Is Your Church Apgar Score?

As church leaders, we care deeply about the health and vitality of our congregations. But how can we measure that?

Many churches rely on worship attendance, but that focuses on only one activity in the Christian life (church attendance, Heb. 10:25) rather than the more important outcome—conversion or maturity (Matt. 28:20).

We need a new measure, which pastor Kevin Miller suggests could be similar to the way the medical profession measures the health of newborns: the Apgar score. His Church Apgar score is based on Acts 2 and Revelation 2-3.

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Part 1: Qualities from Acts 2

Apostolic Teaching & Worship

(Acts 2:42: “They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”)

We have:



(Acts 2:43: “Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.”)

We see:



(Acts 2:44-45: “the believers … had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.”)



(Acts 2:46: “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts”)

There is:



(Acts 2:47: “… enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”)

There is:


Part 2: Qualities from Revelation 2 and 3

Apostolic Faithfulness

(Rev. 2:2, 14, 24: “You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars. … You tolerate some among you who are like Balaam, who showed Balak how to trip up the people of Israel. … the rest of you in Thyatira have not followed this false teaching.”)

There is:


Patient Endurance

(Rev. 2:2-3, 12; 3:10: “I have seen … your patient endurance… You have patiently suffered for me without quitting…. You have remained loyal to me. … You have obeyed my command to persevere.”)

When we are under pressure, we:



(Rev. 2:6, 15, 20: “You hate the deeds of the immoral Nicolaitans, just as I do. … You have some Nicolaitans among you—people who follow the same teaching and commit the same sins…. You are permitting that woman—that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet—to lead my servants … to worship idols, eat food offered to idols, and commit sexual sin.”)

We embody a:


Active Service

(Rev. 2:2, 19: “I have seen your hard work … I know all the things you do—your love, your faith, your service…”)

We are:



(Rev. 2:5; 3:3, 19: “Look how far you have fallen from your first love! Turn back to me again and work as you did at first. … Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly and turn to me again. … Be diligent and turn from your indifference.”)

We are:

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