Qualities of a good church
I have had the opportunity to be in many good churches, in
the U.S. and abroad. Some time back, based on these, I made a list of qualities
that I believe a church needs to have.
Praise — Praise fills a good church … from the people
to the platform. The music, while excellent, is not a performance; it is
Prayer — Thriving churches are praying churches. They
do not have designated prayer warriors. Everyone in the congregation recognizes
the responsibility and privilege of prayer … in public and private.
Jesus — Jesus is lifted up. The church is not about the pastor or the music
program; it’s about Jesus. A good church makes this clear. (See John 3:30.)
Involvement — Everyone is involved. People are using
their gifts, both spiritual and
natural, for the benefit of others.
Dependability — The people of the church are faithful
Faith — All churches should be faith churches,
believing God for great things.
Spiritual warfare — The saints are in the battle
The Word of God — The Bible is preached, taught,
learned and memorized (Psalm 119:11).
Teachable — The people are humble, and even the oldest
saints are eager to learn (James 4:10).
Forthrightness — The truth is spoken in love
(Ephesians 4:15). Problems are dealt with face to face. War is not waged via
Generosity — The people, the leadership and the church
as a whole are examples of good stewardship.
Holiness — The lives of the people have a marked
difference from those in the world … not because of pride or legalism, but
because of their relationship with Jesus.
Responsibility — The people take responsibility. They
don’t depend on the pastors to create all these good qualities in their church.
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