Signs of a Healthy Church


I've been doing a lot of research for our 16:5 conference coming up at Northridge Church next month. I recently came across these "Foundational Building Blocks of Healthy Churches" from Tony Morgan.

  1. Healthy churches have a clear mission and vision. Most important, that’s coupled with a clear action plan to see the mission and vision accomplished.
  2. Healthy churches have a concise discipleship strategy to help people become fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
  3. Healthy churches streamline their structure and governance to facilitate ministry.
  4. Healthy churches are outward-focused–they’re trying to reach people outside the church and outside the faith.
  5. Healthy churches make leadership a priority getting spiritually-gifted people in leadership roles within the ministry…including the role of senior pastor.

Healthy churches come in all shapes and sizes as long as the foundational building blocks are in place. There are small churches and large churches. There are churches of every denomination. There are rural churches and urban churches. There are churches with traditional worship and modern worship.

The key, though, is that you can’t just shift the methods and expect to become a healthy church. There are no shortcuts. In fact, the “right” methods with the “wrong” foundation is a guarantee for division in the church. You can’t get from here to there by tweaking the music, adjusting service times or adding or subtracting a ministry program.

For those of you who are in churches that are stuck, I hope this gives you hope. You don’t have to become the church down the street. You don’t have to become the church that the conference speaker leads. You don't have to become the church led by the author of that hot new book.

You have to become the church that God designed your church to be. Are you willing to become that church?


You can see the original article HERE.

More than ever, I see this list to be accurate. I only would add (and lead with) "Healthy churches take the Bible seriously and know the difference between core creeds (non-negotiables) and distinctive beliefs (that are seen differently among Christ-followers)."

What else would you add?


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