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View Purpose-Driven Marks of a Healthy Congregation

Purpose-Driven Marks of a Healthy Congregation

Moving People Further In and Further Out

1.  Mission: helping those in the Community come to the Church
      a.  How are you inviting them to come to the Worship Celebration?
      b.  How are you impacting the community with ministries that share the Gospel in tangible ways
          i.  Incarnationally through Compassion, Mercy and Justice
          ii.  Relationally as the people of the church pray for friend, care for them, invite them to worship, and share Christ with them.
      c.  Did you have more people coming to worship this year than last year?
          i.  Poor – no increase from last year in worship attendance
          ii.  OK – 5 - 10% gain in worship attendance over last year
          iii.  Good – 11 - 20% gain…
          iv.  Outstanding – 21+% gain…

2.  Magnification: helping those in the Church come into Commitment to Christ
      a.  Did you have a better retention rate this year than last?
This is the % of first-time guests turning into regular attenders and members
          1.  Poor – less than 25%
          2.  OK – 25 – 30%
          3.  Good - 31-40%
          4.  Outstanding - 41%+
      b.  Does our worship celebration help guests understand the Good News?
      c.  Is there a way that guests can understand how to take the next steps:
          i.  In checking out the church
          ii.  In making a commitment to Christ
          iii.  In getting involved in a small group

3.  Membership: helping those who have made a Commitment to Christ come into the Congregation as members
      a.  Did you have an increase in members last year?
          i.  What is your % of members to attenders?
                1.  Membership 100%+ of attendance – you may have too many non-participating members and may need to make adjustments
                2.  You want all your members to be fully participating
                      a.  See “c”below
                      b.  Strive for at least 25% member – to attender ratio
      b.  Do you have a normal and natural process for people to become disciples?
      c.  Do have a normal and natural process for people to become members?
          i.  Completely buy-into your unique mission and vision?
          ii.  Know what is expected of members
                1.  Giving
                2.  Attendance
                3.  Small group participation
                4.  Serving according to their gifts
                5.  Acting as a missionary in their community
      d.  Did you have an increase in small groups last year?
          i.  Increase in small groups?
          ii.  Increase in people in small groups?
          iii.    % of your adults in smaller groups (beyond traditional small groups, these can include ministry teams, affinity groups, etc – so long as there are some small group components)
                1.  Poor 20% or less
                2.  OK – 21 – 35%
                3.  Good – 36-50%
                4.  Outstanding – 51+%

4.  Ministry: moving Committed Members into Ministry in the Core
      a.  Did you see an increase in people serving on your ministry teams last year?
          i.  Were all your ministry teams focused on one of the core purposes of the church?
          ii.  Did you have a well-defined process to getting people (members and attenders) involved on the ministry teams?
          iii.  Did you have a well-defined way to train, thank, and inspire these teams?
      b.  List your core values.
          i.  Now think about your key ministries
          ii.  Were there any core values that were not ‘lived out?’
                1.  Would an outsider be able to tell if each of your core values were really ‘valued’ by your ministries?
                2.  If there is a core value that is not being ‘lived out’ you may need to create a new ministry or modify an existing ministry so it is.
                3.  If there are ministries that are not effectively living out at least one core value, you need to phase that ministry out.

5.  Movement: Moving all your members back into Mission to the Community
      a.  Do you have the right leaders in your Core?
          i.  Right pastoral staff for your mission and for your size of church
          ii.  Right people on the leadership team
          iii.  Supporting the pastors as they lead the church
          iv.  Figuring out how to help the ministry teams do better-and-better ministry in the church and through the church to the community
      b.  Do you have the right leaders to lead each movement
          i.  To the Community in Mission – to help them come to the Celebration
          ii.  To the Celebration – to help them move into Commitment to Christ
          iii.  To the Committed – to help them move into Membership
          iv.  To the Members – to help them move into Ministry
          v.  To the Core – to identify the right core leaders and to have them lead the movement into mission.

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