Profile of a Healthy Church

The measure of effective ministry is transformation.

  1. The church has a clear and compelling Mission & Purpose statement that is owned and actively embraced by 80%+ of the congregation.
  1. The church has a clear and functional Philosophy of Ministry that provides guidelines and direction for ministry.
  1. The church selects Leaders on the basis of character, competence, and a Biblical profile for leadership.
  1. The church has a discernible expression of unity and oneness that provides an atmosphere for thriving outreach, assimilation, and disciple-making.
  1. The Pastor and Leaders have examined the various dimensions of the church’s history, understand the implications of each major issue, and have satisfactorily resolved any dysfunctional patterns from the past.
  1. The church has a Leadership Development process that produces Leaders for the future. A major component of their growth is modeled behavior by existing Leaders. This includes ongoing learning and coaching designed to ensure competence and excellence in ministry. The church is a Learning Community.
  1. The church has developed and implemented a ministry-focused, Biblically based structure. This includes Ministry Teams and a decentralized approach to ministry. Ministry decisions are made at the level closest to the actual execution of ministry.
  1. The church has an operative Biblical model of and process for Church Discipline.
  1. The church has a membership profile and process that is based on Biblical criteria: worship, evangelism, service, financial contribution and small group participation.
  1. The Pastor and the Leadership Team have developed and refined a Biblical theology that is the foundation and basis for ministry. This is systematically taught to the congregation.
  1. The church has established phased spiritual growth definitions. There is an accountability process that produces objective measurable progress toward obeying all that Jesus commanded. The exercise of accountability produces both maturity and joy among the body.
  1. The church has developed and utilizes objective feedback processes in a 360o fashion. The Leaders hear from the people, and the people hear from the Leaders.
  1. The church has an intentional strategy to fulfill the Great Commission. This includes a church planting strategy for use on a local level.
  1. The church rejoices that they have accepted the discipline necessary to engage the Leadership Development process and actively seeks to enlist other churches to follow their example.