I sometimes wonder if men like Luther, Calvin, Wesley, Peter, or Paul, ever thought that they would change the face of the church. I’m sure none of them sat down and decided that he was going to single-handedly change how people thought about God or how they lived as Christians. But nonetheless, these men, along with countless others, helped to redefine how we view our faith, the church, even the Trinity; God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
I like to think about the “church” and ask questions that hopefully cause us to reconsider what we do as Christians in our churches. Questions that help us evaluate, consider, think, and reimagine what should should/could be. A number of years a comment was posted to a blog entry that boasted about the health of our church. The comment was, “Got a question for you – a new blog topic if you’re up for it . . . What are the ingredients of a great church?” While the comment was a surprise, the question was not a new one. It’s a question that I and a small group of guys wrestled with a number of years ago when we were frustrated by the idea of doing church. We wanted more. We wanted something that was real and significant; something that caused us to live out our faith.
Since then, I have taken a the position of youth pastor in what I would qualify as a healthy church. We’re not perfect, but it’s a church that is alive, growing, and God’s hand is evident. But I’ve thought a lot, read a lot, and prayed a lot about what makes a church great. I wrote a series of articles on the topic of not What Makes a Church Great, but on What Makes a Church Healthy. The articles were never published, until now.
I want to start a dialog, of sorts, about what makes a church, The Church. Naturally, I will post my thoughts about what I believe to be essential, Biblical and non-negotiable. I will bring to the discussion resources that I have read; books written by men who have gone down this road before and whom I find myself in agreement with. And I will share the models that I have found to be successful at not only producing numbers, but developing real spiritual worship, discipleship, evangelism, and fellowship.
But as I said, this is a dialog, so along with my thoughts, I want to hear your thoughts. What do you think are the ingredients to a healthy church? What experience do you hold? What lessons have you learned as you’ve grown? What do you think is most important when it come to the relationship between God and His church?
I’m not looking for a revival or a new post-post-postmodern movement. I want to know what makes a church The Church? I want to encourage you to respond to what I write by sharing your thoughts, ideas and comments in the comment box below.
For now, let me to encourage you to pray and ask God to inspire you to think BIG God-size ideas. The first post will go live tomorrow, with one following every day for the next couple of weeks.