What church are we?
26 July 2015

Each week I get a thought provoking email from an American organisation called Thom Rainer that trains and advises church leaders. It also does lots of research about what makes 'successful' churches. Although sometimes it is not that culturally relevant, it, more often than not, is very thought provoking. Here is this weeks offering for you to ponder. I wonder if we scored our church on a one to ten basis ten how would we score? If you think we score poorly what do we do about it?  What if you applied some of the statements to your life, how would you score? Eg, are you joyful in worship? Do you see evangelistic fruit? Churches, after all, are just a reflection of the people who attend it.

 

The 10 symptoms found in a sick church are:

  1. Declining worship attendance.
  2. Decline in frequency of attendance of church members.
  3. Lack of joy and vibrancy in the worship service.
  4. Little evangelistic fruit.
  5. Low community impact.
  6. More meetings than ministry.
  7. Acrimonious business meetings.
  8. Very few guests in worship services.
  9. Worship wars.
  10. Unrealistic expectations of pastoral care

 

Thom's podcasts can be down loaded from Rainer on leadership. (ThomRainer.com)

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