Pastor Tim Challies has laid down a number of markers that can determine what a healthy church looks like, in the face of many unhealthy ones.
Challies, who pastors Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario, and often gives church advice on his social media pages, noted in a Facebook video on Monday that there are “so, so many unhealthy churches.”
He said he received a reader question about how one can “evaluate the spiritual health of a congregation,” but warned that there are no really objective ways, such as modern star-ratings that people have become accustomed to.
The pastor noted that some people talk about the size of their church, or the number of baptisms and the size of the budget as possible indicators of success, but argued that one needs to look at subjective factors when deliberating the question.
“We have to allow the Bible to point us to what the Bible’s values are, what God values, and then say, ‘is our church matching that?'”
Challies said that one marker concerns how many people are coming to Christ.
“Are you seeing people come to faith from outside of the church? There’s a lot of churches that have a ton of internal growth, but very little external growth,” he warned.
“We want to be a church that is fulfilling the Great Commission and seeing people come to Christ.”
Secondly, he said it should be considered whether people are coming to faith from the inside.
“There are some churches that are so outward focused that their own children are being neglected, not coming to Christ,” he said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov