A healthy church does church God’s way and follows his principles
Principles for our leaders
- Jesus taught his disciples to obey (and to teach others to obey) – Matthew 28:19-20
- How do we teach others to obey?
- Through modeling – John 13:12-17
- Through mentoring – John 21:15-17
Through teaching – Matthew 5:1-2
Through coaching – Matthew 10:5-7
This may sound like saying the same thing four times, but there are differences. Modeling is passive, we live our lives and someone may or may not be watching. Mentoring we know that someone is watching and is trying to imitate the way we live our life.
Teaching is more active. We sit down with a person and instruct them how to do something. Finally, coaching is reactive. We watch the other person do something and then instruct them on what they do right and wrong.
Principles for our ministries
- Our ministries must create an environment for change
- Minds are changed through study – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- Hearts are changed through experiences – 1 John 4:19
Lifestyles are changed through encouragement & accountability – Hebrews 3:12-13, 10:24-25
In ministry, we design a lot of programs that we think are going to help someone. Either it will help bring people to the church, or it will help someone with an addiction, or it will create more fellowship among believers. The truth is, we say, “hey that sounds like it might work” and then we do it.
We need to be intentional in creating an environment for change. Instead of creating an outreach that might bring people into the church, we need to decide how are we going to spread the word about this, what is going to occur at this event that would spark a person’s interest in coming to our church, how are we going to follow up with the people that come.
When we implement a new ministry – prison ministry, Sunday school class, Bible study, etc. we need to ask ourselves “how will this create an environment for change?” If we aren’t interested in changing people, then there is no spiritual reason for even meeting.
Adapted from the Missionary Church’s Healthy Church Initiative www.mcusa.org