Growing a Healthy Church
Growing a Healthy Church
A healthy Church is...
“Energised by faith”
(rather than just keeping things going or trying to survive)
1) How important is your faith to you?
2) How is this seen in practical ways by others?
3) How often and in what ways do you experience God’s love?
4) In what ways do you serve God and others?
5) When was the last time God’s Word spoke directly to you? What is God teaching you at the moment?
6) How do you help others grow in their faith?
“Outward looking focus”
(with a ‘whole life’ rather than a ‘church life’ concern)
1) How is your faith expressed through other church and secular relationships in the local community?
2) How passionate are you about the issues of justice and peace, both in a local, national and international context. What are you doing about it?
3) What practical connections do you make between your life of faith and daily living?
4) In what ways do you show the God’s love in service to others?
“Seeks to find out what God wants”
(discerning the Spirit’s leading rather than trying to please everyone)
1) Do you know what God wants you to be and do? How would you explain that to someone else?
2) What is God’s vision / aim for your life?
3) How would you describe God’s vision for Trinity Church?
4) What are your personal goals for spiritual growth?
5) How important is growing spiritually in your life? What would you be willing to sacrifice (should it be necessary) to achieve this growth?
Oct 2nd (Harvest)
“Faces the cost of change and growth”
(rather than resisting change and fearing failure)
1) How have you changed in your spiritual life over the last year?
2) What were the positives and the “not so positives” about these changes?
3) How do you ensure that you embrace the essentials of the past as well as remain open to new opportunities?
4) When “failure” comes (in whatever form), how do you react?
5) How easily do you learn from your experiences?
“Operates as a community”
(rather than functioning as a club or religious organization)
1) How many people do you know well at Trinity?
2) How might you encourage more members of the church in their journey of faith?
3) How are you using your gifts to help build God’s Church?
“Makes room for all”
(being inclusive rather than exclusive)
1 Corinthians 12:12-31
1) How well do you welcome newcomers into the life of the church?
2) Who was the last “new” person you befriended in the church?
3) How many of our young people’s names do you know? How might you get to know them, encourage them, and allow them to encourage you more?
4) What practical things might you do to be an encourager to people in the church?
“Does a few things and does them well”
(focused rather than frenetic)
1) How does your lifestyle demonstrate to non-believers the message of the Gospel?
2) What message does Trinity Church proclaim through what we do / how we are, to our local community?
3) What are the best aspects of Trinity Church - in what areas of ministry do we excel, and what areas need further growth?
4) Do you think there is anything we should stop doing, so we can focus more on the essentials?
5) What is the prevailing “attitude” of the church?
6) How can this be even more positive about our faith to those who come into our church premises?
7) How relaxed are you (are we) in our lives and in our journey of faith? Jesus was passionate about the things of God, and yet knew how to be relaxed with those he met - how can we achieve this too?