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What is a healthy church?

healthHealthy churches do not simply invest energy in introducing people to Christ.  They are also concerned about the spiritual health and vitality of the people and the community of faith.  They are passionate about the mission God has given the church.  A healthy church can be described in the following manner:
  • A healthy church is mission focused (Matt. 9:36-38, 25:31-46; 28:18-20; Lk. 4:18-19, 19:10, 24:45-47; Acts 1:8).
  • A healthy church makes disciples (Matt. 5:1, 10:24; 28:18-20; Eph. 4:11-16)
  • A healthy church cultivates a vital and dynamic community (Matt. 10:27; John 15:12-17, 17:20-23; Rom. 12, 13:8; 1 Cor. 12-13; Eph. 4:1-16; Gal. 5:22-26; 6:1-5).
The term “health” reflects the notion that a body of believers is living and growing according to God’s design.  It does not mean that it is free of problems.  Just as our physical body gets a cold or the flu or even may become infected with a serious disease. A church, at times, faces issues or challenges that can threaten its health.  Health is what we desire; health is what we cultivate.
There are three lenses that must shape our understanding of the church: the lens of Scripture, the lens of history, and the lens of culture (see Gene Getz, Sharpening the Focus of the Church). The Scriptural lens gives us God’s eternal design for the church.  The historical lens, the lens of the past, helps us avoid tunnel vision by providing us with rich lessons that have shaped the church of today.  The lens of culture gives us a sharp and clear understandings of the contemporary world that can be used to carry share the Good News and serve people in need.  Helping to focus these three lens is a dynamic team of leaders, pastors and lay people, who keep the vision of the church focused, communicate it clearly to the congregation, and organize, engage, equip and empower the people for service in the mission God has given His church. 

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