Does a few things and does them well. One of the most surprising characteristics of these churches, which results from a sense of responding to God's call on their time and effort, is the quiet purposefulness of their life. They are not rushing around madly but enjoying what they do and seeing the positive results of doing a quality job.It reminds me on one hand to be careful of the much bounded about 'build it and watch them come concept' get the programmes right stand back and watch people flow into church. On the other hand it challenged me in an area where whatever you do is not enough to not spread yourself too thin and to acknowledge that there are others who do things better than you.
As a reminder Warren's marks of health are as follows...
- Energized by faith.
- Outward-looking focus.
- Seeks to find out what God wants.
- Faces the cost of change and growth.
- Operates as a community.
- Makes room for all.
- Does a few things and does them well.
There has to be more to it. I've had conversations with friends and colleagues who would go out of their way to let me know how they can tick all these boxes on health. But equally I've had conversations with people who recognise their church's weakness, vulnerability but have a real attitude of "but we try...!" I kind of know where I would be drawnto, the kind of community I would feel at home with!
Church health is perhaps less about chalking up an academics wish list but more about attitude which is why Warren's book was a helpful read as he sums it up with two further quotes.
Churches with these characteristics are deeply attractive because their focus in not on themselves and their programmes but on God's goodness and reality and on the world around them. They are, indeed, living the two great commandments. Pp25
Then he observes the fact that:-
Growing churches were not majoring on growing , but simply on doing a good job of being church. Pp 83
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