Ministry Monday: Ministry Effectiveness Help for Pastors
How Effective is Your Ministry?
To answer that question, you first need to revisit what Church is all about.
One time, I saw a unique church ad that was inspired by the popular “Got Milk?” commercial. It simply asked, “Got Church?” I liked it when I saw it. I thought of another important question, “Why Church?”
When you speak of church, you are not meaning buildings, programs, and religious organization. You are primarily referring to people in relationship. Church is about relationship with God, through faith in Jesus Christ, and relationships with each other in the community of faith.
Church is the atmosphere and environment that encourages spiritual growth and development. It is God’s present community to help people reach God’s goal for them to become like Jesus in the character of their lives.
What Does a Healthy Church Look Like?
There are four vital necessities to grow into spiritual maturity. Four ongoing experiences help us enjoy and live the Christian life effectively. You see these four necessities when you look at the very first church established in Jerusalem about 2,000 years ago. It serves as a model, a pattern, and a template of what the church is all about.
4 Indicators of Church Effectiveness
Churches should provide encouraging and nurturing atmospheres for the following…
- Living and learning
These four dynamic elements are what people need to live as devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Ministry Effectiveness Help for Pastors Takeaway
Are growing numbers good? Sure! But increasing membership is not a set rule by which you measure success. Those four aspects are good indicators to help pastors evaluate church effectiveness. Church efficiency can be seen through ongoing progress in providing a place where families and individuals live and learn, have fellowship, worship together, and witness to others. Ask yourself if those things are happening at your church. Diving deeper, leadership development and organizational assessments can provide an even clearer picture of church health. Each church is different, but every church should be a place of spiritual growth and community.
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