In church ministry, sometimes it is hard to evaluate if you are being effective in your ministry. However, I think there are a few things that indicate a church is thriving. I’m sure there are many different signs of a healthy church and by no means is this list exhaustive, but here are three key areas I use to see if a church is being kept on mission.
Is the church reaching lost people with the Gospel? Is the church engaged on mission in their community and proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ? If the church can be seen as evangelistic than that’s an encouraging sign that the church is outwardly focused of mission. When the church stops being evangelistic and stops seeing people come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior, than unhealthiness will soon begin to develop. A healthy church is a church who spreads the Gospel through evangelistic purposes.
It is not enough to only be reaching people with the Gospel, but are those people being discipled to spiritual maturity? Is there a level of depth to the congregation that goes deeper than a puddle of water? A church must be maturing, continually edifying the saints to be more and more like their savior Jesus Christ. A church should be growing in the knowledge of the scriptures and be sent out on mission. A healthy church is a maturing church who produce vibrant disciples of Jesus.
A healthy church is a church that reproduces itself. Is the church sending out people form its congregations to plant other churches? Are they raising up leaders and missionaries to take the Gospel to the nations? This is often an overlooked sign, but a very important one. The mission of the church is to spread the good news of Christ to the ends of the earth. A healthy church is one that pours its resources, time, and energy is planting other churches for the sake of the Gospel
Is your church an evangelistic, maturing, and reproducing church? Would you describe your church in this way? What can your church do better to improve in these areas for the sake of the Gospel? It is so easy for us to get caught up with doing church, such as paying for buildings and running programs, that often we forget to be the church on mission that Christ has called us too. By God’s grace, may we begin to see churches that are so focused on the advancement of the Gospel that these churches who are evangelistic, maturing, and reproducing become the norm.