Excellence and quality look different in small churches than in big churches. They also look different in the city than the country, in an old church than a church plant, in Asia than North America, and so on.
There’s no universal standard for excellence or quality. But any church can do the basics wholeheartedly.
Doing the Great Commandment and Great Commission with wholehearted passion builds great churches.
3. Do Them Consistently
Very few behaviors will undercut a church’s possibilities for greatness more than inconsistency or imbalance.
People need to know what a church is all about. There’s no better way for them to know that than by doing the basics reliably and consistently.
Sure, you can and probably should upgrade your methods from time to time. But methods don’t build great churches. Doing the Great Commandment and Great Commission wholeheartedly and with reliable consistency builds great churches.
4. Do Them for a Long Time
There are no shortcuts. Greatness takes time.
A church can become big fast. It can even become healthy fast. But greatness takes time to simmer.
Big churches build facilities. Healthy churches build people. Great churches build a legacy.
Some churches build all three.
But, even if your church never becomes as big as you think it should be, it can become great.
Love Jesus. Love your neighbor. With all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
Then teach others to do the same. Wholeheartedly. Without compromise.
And never give up.
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