A healthy church is the goal of most pastors. But sometimes it is hard to know what that health really looks like. Here are 7 things that are present in healthy churches.
1- The Church Has Children & Seniors
I often hear that healthy churches have children, and certainly this is true. Without children (young families) the church has no future. However, I believe that healthy churches have both children and seniors, and everyone in between. This demonstrates the church desires to minister to all people of all ages. If a church only has one age demographic, something may be amiss.
2- Member-Care Done by Members
A church that expects its pastors to do all of the member care has limited growth potential. There is only so much the staff can do. In the healthiest of churches, members care for each other, they visit each other, and they strive to demonstrate the love of God to each other.
3- Spontaneous Fellowship
When there is true joy in a church, fellowship does not have to be programmed or scheduled – it just happens. People in these churches love being together, encouraging each other, and helping each other — and it shows.
4- Genuine Concern for Evangelism
Evangelism is not just talked about from the pulpit but also in the pew. It is something that people pray about, personally pursue, and sincerely long to see their church be involved in. Missions is often talked about. Outreach is more than an event, it is part of the lifestyle of the church.
5- Not Everyone Looks the Same
If everyone looks the same, something is wrong. In healthy churches there are people from different backgrounds, different social statuses, different races, different…everything. In healthy churches not everyone dresses the same, looks the same, or talks the same.
6- There is a Giving Mentality
I am not just talking about people giving to the church, but also about the church giving to other churches. Certainly giving to missions is included in this, but in the healthiest of churches, there is a mentality that is focused on growing the Kingdom of God, not just one local church. As a result, these churches give resources, members, and time in order to help other ministries do what God has called them to do.
7- A Concern for the Poor
This flows from a simple understanding of Scripture. Healthy churches recognize God’s call to reach out to and minister to the marginalized. Healthy churches take this seriously.
It is rare to find a church with all of these characteristics, but they are seen in the healthiest of churches. How many of these points characterize your church?