5 Important Habits of a Healthy Church Download
Handout – Traits of a Healthy Church and Acts 20 -Attachment
1. Grace: enjoying what God does for us.
Be able to explain the “CROSS”
Some really can’t.
Put the CROSS in all sermons. There is time.
Stand as a fellow strugglers . Not all right.
2. Worship: exalting God and His Word.
sermon as top priority. Not maybe.
Differentiate between “God says” and “I think.” Billy is right.
Plan so emotions have time too. No jump starts.
3. Community: enlisting people in groups.
Proclaim the good of three.
Plan structures for care and growth. Unstructured too. Don’t just count on it.
Model it! Talk and walk.
4. Mission: emphasizing why we are here.
Write and communicate a
Philosophy too. Free people to carry it out. Busy, b usy. busy…
Who are these 10%?
Consider 50-50! Wow!
5. Integrity: encouraging “
Confront own “HEART”
defects ! Top priority.
Nurture and confront other leaders . Part of the job
Personal Ministries of the Pastor-Download
Principles or procedures so Hebrews 13:17 is true:
1. Senior either does all three or envisions and implements.
2. Main board co-owns vision, gives boundaries, approves policies, supports with prayer and personal embrace.
3. An Executive Pastor or small team leads and manages strategy.
4. Other staff lead in their specialty areas but manage in accord with senior and board leading. If not using same playbook, they must leave the team.
5. Various director or pastors on staff:
Administrative areas—major on “leading” circle, but more management and administration to be sure.
Age-specific ministries—major on shepherding and teaching in sub-groups.
6. Support staff cares for details and administration with some DNA of leaders.
7. The church follows the biblical call to support leadership and do ministry as the church gathered “out there.”
Sunday Adult Bible Fellowships
Home Adult Bible Fellowships
Sunday and Home Life Groups
“Belong to a group, you belong to the church.”
Easily an area of confusion and yawning!
Experiences of Church
Importance of ABFs/Groups
Not a Sunday School
Organization of an ABF
ABF/Group Leaders Job Descriptions
Kinds of Groups
Reasons for Gatherings
Confusion About Groups Sometimes
Pastor/Pastoral Staff and ABFs/Groups
Why Care Should Be by Groups
Schedule of Sunday and Home ABFs/Groups
Cautions about Changing or Refining
Discussion About ABFs/Groups
Questions About ABFs/Groups
Reality Check Quiz
The Point of Church Activity
R and D Discussion Issues
Continue reading “GROUPS”
Do the staff and the lead volunteers really understand the purpose and the high importance of the worship assembly-service? Do they attend and participate?
Do greeters and ushers know that the attenders and the guests are to be the object of their attention and not each other?
Continue reading “Sincere Questions About A Worship Service That May Sound Cynical At Times”
Guidelines for this “horizontal” responsibility
Pray for and pay attention to people in this age group.
Be the conscience for the leadership team to reach and serve this area.
Assess and sponsor what the church offers to evangelize, disciple, and care for these people.
“Go after” and seek to assimilate new people.
Continue reading “PASTORING a “people group” within the church”
Adult Bible Fellowships
The Importance of Adult Bible Fellowships Download
Adult Bible Fellowships: Groups of people committed to know and apply the Word together in a caring fellowship, with clear organization to provide care, discipleship, and outreach.
A community within the church . . . to serve and love each other . . . to reach out.
A Sunday adult class geared for true congregational life, where “one another’s” are planned.
Why people need community (and worship services do not give it) Continue reading “The Importance of Adult Bible Fellowships -ABFs”
As determined by surveys, discussions, and observations.
1. The grace and goodness of God.
We can pray for it and obviously give thanks.
Regular pastoral prayer, groups to pray, “prayer partners.”
2. The mood of grace and love.
Shown in media (minute spots), reputation, services, and community involvement, in halls around services also.
3. The pulpit ministry.
Biblical exposition but also balanced on issues. Continue reading “Key Factors in Growth”
For staff or board, some guideline questions to assess and improve
Do new people come, and what gets them there?
How can we help to attract them?
How do we invite our people to invite thei8r friends? Or, first, to have friends who do not go to church? Continue reading “Ways to Evaluate Your Church”
ABFs and Home ABFs
Bible study 1 in “community” 2
with care 3 and ministry 4
Good teacher, true Bible exposition, clear application
Friendships, grace mood, time — 8 to 90
Special needs, illness, assigned responsibility — up to 4 or 5 families per person to care for
Continue reading “Small and Medium Groups Are Both Huge! (where “one another’s) happen in a church”
I. Bible and prayer – Pastor
II. Board Business
A. Foundations: Statement of Faith, Constitution, Restoration-Discipline
B. Resources: Budget, Finances, Building expansion, Property
1. Finance Team Report Continue reading “Board Agenda”