Churches thrive when they have –
A Christ-centered IDENTITY
Clarity of a Gospel focused MISSION or Kingdom Purpose
A Unifying and Compelling VISION
Ten Characteristics of Thriving Congregations
Healthy Churches create an opportunity for a personal and corporate encounter with the living God.
Healthy Churches cultivate an awareness of God, His work, and their dependence upon Him. This results in expressions of gratefulness, praise, and request for His intervention.
(Matthew 14:28-33; James 5:16-18)
Healthy Churches help believers develop into fully devoted followers of Christ, becoming like Him in their purity, passions, and pursuits.
(Ephesians 4:12-16; 1 Peter 2:21)
Healthy Churches develop leaders at all levels of church ministry who in turn reproduce more leaders.
(Ephesians 4:11-12; 2 Timothy 2:2)
Healthy Churches develop an environment of mutual love and care where members of the church body know and serve one another.
(59 “one another” statements in the New Testament)
Healthy Churches engage people in the mission of the church according to their gifts and passions.
Healthy Churches build relationships outside the church family, serving their community, and sharing the Gospel.
(Matthew 5:16; 1 Peter 2:12)
Healthy Churches bring new people into church life, developing friendships, and actively contributing to the life of the church.
Healthy Churches equip and empower people for effective ministry, moving their church toward accomplishing the mission and vision.
Healthy Churches align all aspects of ministry toward accomplishing their mission through a clear vision.