Six characteristics of a healthy church

hospitalI’m sure you know of the couple who woke up one Sunday morning and the wife said to her husband, “Get up or you will be late for church!”  Her husband replied, “I really don’t feel like going to church and I don’t like the church people that much anyway.   Give me 3 reasons why I should go this morning.”  The wife responded, “Number 1:  Church is beneficial because your hear God’s Word.  Number 2: The people at church actually care for you.  3.  And number 3: You’re the pastor!”

It sounds like that church may not be the spiritually healthiest church around – at least not the minister!   Of course we should not expect perfect churches because churches are made up of sinful people.  We are forgiven, but not sinless.   God doesn’t call Christians and churches to perfection, but he does call us to make progress.

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Not your usual leadership principles

leadershipThe typical leadership conference claims to enable you to be a successful leader with all the added benefits of wealth and prosperity – if you would faithfully follow the “guaranteed-to-work” principles.   The Apostle Paul also gave us some leadership principles.  The letter of 1 Corinthians in the Bible is not a leadership manual but rather personal correspondence encouraging the church to apply the gospel to every area of their lives.  Yet, in the closing few paragraphs in his letter to the Corinthian church (chapter 16) the Apostle Paul makes some personal comments from which we may gain insight into Paul’s priorities and leadership style.

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