When Did You Last Assess the Health of Your Congregation?
Healthy Churches Produce Disciples and Leaders
If local churches exist long enough, they will inevitably go through different seasons of vitality. Sometimes the church will be more vital than others. There will be seasons when God’s presence and the fruit of the gospel are very evident. There may also be times of decline when there is concern for the ongoing vitality of the church. These seasons are simply the ebb and flow of life.
Inward focus • Aging congregation • Program-driven • No clear biblical vision, mission, core values, strategy, or measures • Maintenance ministry • Preservation mindset • Caution • Lack of faith • Leaders afraid to lead
Outward focus • Kingdom prayer (Lord’s Prayer as model) • Leadership team developing a clear and compelling biblical vision, mission, core values, strategy and measures • Repentance • Faith in what God can do • Moving from program to personal ministry • Leaders lead and take faith risks
Outwardly focused • Gospel-centered • Dependent on prayer • Vibrant worship and preaching • Passion for unbelievers and our neighbors • Conversions • Personal ministry (not program-driven) • Clear and compelling biblical vision, mission, core • Values, strategy, and measures • Leaders lead by taking faith risks
Ministry for the Long Haul
The “Covid years” have made pastors even more aware of ministry stress! ONA, along with presbyteries, wants to provide a context for pastors to be healthy spiritually, emotionally, and relationally.
Seminary training has taught pastors well about biblical truth and ministry skills. However, many ministry-killing issues are often behavior patterns and character struggles. Church Strengthening Coach Rev. Wayne Frazier is facilitating PASTOR GROUPS for encouraging matters of the heart and relationships for healthy pastoral ministry.
Beginning this September, the centerpiece of these will be a monthly 1-hour Zoom meeting:
- Share what we are preaching
- Share what God is doing in our lives or church
- Share prayer requests and pray
- Wayne will highlight an area of pastor health from Resilient Ministry
Take the Next Step
Contact ONA to learn more about church strengthening and pastor groups.