8 TALKS ON 8 QUALITIES OF HEALTHY GROWING CHURCHES
Research on growing churches throughout the world has shown that all growing churches have all eight of the following qualities. (Book: Natural Church Development, Christian Schwarz, ISBN 1-889638-00-5. Web: www.ncd-international.org)
- Empowering leadership.
- Passionate spirituality.
- Inspiring worship.
- Holistic small Groups.
- Need-orientated outreach.
- Loving relationships.
- Functional Structures.
Whichever quality is least developed is the thing that limits the church's growth. The shortest stave in a barrel is what limits the level of water in the barrel. So, by examining ourselves prayerfully, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can work out our weakest quality and improve it.
At the same time we make sure we are using all the other qualities to help us to develop the weaker area.
Each week we will focus on one of these quality areas and think about what is good in our church and where it might be developed.
If you are part of the church here too, to make sure we all play our part, there is a section to ask yourself where you might seek to grow in this quality yourself. Don't forget to do that bit too.