Discover the Secret to a Healthy Church

[fa icon="calendar"] June 3, 2016 / by Tim Agnello

woman_telling_secret_to_her_friendWhen I was starting out as a pastor many years ago, I so appreciated the biblical and balanced structure that I learned from the Purpose-Driven Church model. At first I wasn't sure, but the more I studied the Bible to see what God says about the church, the more I was convinced that the 5 Core Values were absolutely right on track.

I studied the Great Commandment passage, The Great Commission passage and what it looked like to "be the church" in Acts 2:42-47 and Ephesians 4. I remember pouring over the C&MA doctrinal position of the church and doing a lot of research and then praying for clarity that I might lead well.

As I did this, I saw very clearly how these biblical and balanced "Core Values" needed to be lived out. I hope you enjoy reading this new article by Rick Warren and receive fresh encouragement to live out God's values for His church.

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Church Growth is OK, but Church Health is What Matters

The New Testament says a lot about the health of the church. Consider just a few verses:

“As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing…” (Ephesians 4:16b, NLT)

“The focus of my letter wasn’t on punishing the offender but on getting you to take responsibility for the health of the church.” (2 Corinthians 2:9, Msg)

“You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other…” (James 3:18, Msg)

Church health is the key to church growth. All living things grow if they’re healthy. You don’t have to make them grow – it’s just natural for living organisms. As a parent, I didn’t have to force my three children to grow. They naturally grew up. As long as I removed the hindrances, such as poor nutrition or an unsafe environment, their growth was automatic.

If my children had not grown up, something would have been terribly wrong. I would have done whatever it took to discover the disease and correct it. I wouldn’t have remained passive, spouting clichés about faithfulness, or wanting “quality not quantity” in my children.

The same principle is true for the church. Since the church is a living organism, it’s natural for it to grow if it’s healthy. The church is a Body, not a business – an organism, not an organization. It’s alive. If a church is not growing, it is dying.

What then is the secret of church health?

In a word, it’s balance!

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