4. A church can be healthy with limited resources
None of the items are dependent on having more money, people or facilities. Any church of any size can do this.
5. Health looks the same in churches of any size
Whether your church is big or small, growing, shrinking or static, this list needs to be considered. We have a lot more in common than we think.
6. The list is big, but doable
Normally, a list of that size would feel overwhelming. There’s so much to do!
But, with the specter of increased numbers, programs, pastoral skill and resources removed, this is not an intimidating list. It’s an encouraging one.
Instead of telling us to work harder, get smarter and figure out what’s relevant, this list of healthy church characteristics reminds us that our entire calling is to lean more on Jesus and draw people to him.
Health Outside the Numbers
It’s possible to get a good sense of whether-or-not a church is healthy without relying on spreadsheets or having certain programs in place.
Like the Fruit of the Spirit, this list is not dependent on our hard work, but on staying close to Jesus, walking in the Spirit, teaching the Word and loving people in Jesus’ name.
For some people, the fact that there are no numbers attached to this list is frustrating. I get that. An objective baseline of measurement can be reassuring, and in many situations it and can help us see past our own biases.
Numbers can help us understand some things about the health of a church. But they’re not the only thing.
Too much reliance on numbers can be like counting the brushstrokes on a Monet. Sometimes you need to step back and see the bigger picture. Enjoy the beauty. Gasp at the wonder. And remember that the most important things in life can’t be measured numerically.
Including a healthy church.
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