Thursday is for Discipleship:
What should our churches be?
“I’m a traditional church planter with a small core group. What should we be focusing on as a church?”
“I’ve got a large core group from a great mother church and we are trying to figure out exactly what we should be doing as we set out to start a new church in an adjacent community.”
“I’m a senior pastor who has just taken the lead role at an established church with no focus to its discipleship, an unhealthy recent past, and low biblical literacy.”
These are all great and appropriate questions and this week Steve Burchett over at Bulletininserts.org had some great answers in an article titled “When Your Church Is Not the Biggest in Town.”
Four of Steve Burchett’s principles are:
- Our churches should be extremely faithful to Scripture.
- Our churches should be extremely loving.
- Our churches should be extremely evangelistic.
- Our churches should be extremely dependent upon the Holy Spirit.
That’s a good list folks. I’m not saying its complete. I’m not saying it is phrased with any particular beauty or power. But that is a good list. You can read what Steve has to say about these four characteristics of what EVERY church should be here. Whether your church is a house church, a church plant, an established church, a small church, a big church, a mega-church, a liturgical church, a low church, a high church …
- How is your church doing?
- Is your church extremely faithful to Scripture, extremely loving, extremely evangelistic, and extremely dependent on the Holy Spirit?
- What can you do to help your church take on these characteristics?
Think about using these four characteristics to evaluate the biblical faithfulness of your church’s body life. Then get on your knees and talk to the Savior.