28 Jul 5 Characteristics of Healthy Churches
Over the last four years the subject of healthy churches has been sharp on my radar. I collected a file full of articles trying to describe the characteristics of a healthy church. I finally compiled all the ideas and want to share them with you.
This is not the result of a research project and is not verifiable in that sense. It is just observations I have gleaned from a number of sources.
So, what are the characteristics of a healthy church? I’ll give you the top 5:
- Leadership was the top characteristic. (I lumped together a number of things pertaining to leadership under this heading.) This includes leadership in its many varieties–leadership that is biblical, empowering, proficient, fruitful, positive, Great Commission focused, has a God-focused vision, has integirity.
- Outward-focused mission.
- (tie) Inspiring worship and discipleship/spiritual formation.
- (tie) Relationships/belonging/assimilation and strong biblical focus.
- In touch with God/prayer/God-empowering presence.
I don’t know that I would have put them in exactly that same order, but I do agree that they are probably the most significant. One that didn’t make the top 5 or so was the functional structure component, which I believe is also very important.