Growing a healthy church

by Dan Spader

A healthy group image is directly connected to our effectiveness in helping people grow as disciples of Christ. It is a major part in the nurturing environment. Therefore, leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ have the responsibility to create and nourish a healthy group image among those to whom we minister. We need to recognize that our group image will either contribute to or hinder the impact of our ministry. Page 87.

Developing the ability to verbalize vision — that purpose or driving passion God as given to you for your ministry — can be a powerful tool. A clearly communicated vision connects purpose with conviction, provide substance to enthusiasm, and fuels godly dreaming — all of which contribute to a healthy group image.

One final thought about building a healthy group image: celebrate the good times! This is one of the simplest and most easily workable ideas. Whenever something good happens in your congregation, review and publicly with the whole body.

Most of us have selected memory. We remember in detail, both things which went right, wrong, and we forget the details about the things that went well. Reviewing the good times can help counteract this tendency. Remembering is so important in Scripture of the theology of remembrance could easily be constructed. Over and over again God tells his people to remember what he has done and how far they have come. Elaborate memorials were constructed. Many of the feasts are designed specifically to assist the remembering process.

Biblically speaking, God’s desire is to provoke help the remembrance of the good times in general, and his works in specific. Page 95.

If you’re like many ministries, you experience weekly or monthly pressure to write an interesting newsletter. You know how important good communication is, but the regular grind of cranking out these pieces gets old. Celebrating God’s work in the body may be your answer did in place of billing page after page with announcements, reviewed the good times. Publicly replay the ways God worked. Communicate answers to prayer, conversions, the Christ come progress on church goals, spiritual milestones (personal or corporate), and even financial blessings. Page 96.

~ Growing a Healthy Church

Growing a Healthy Church

by Dan Spader, director of SonLife Ministries

A healthy group image is directly connected to our effectiveness in helping people grow as disciples of Christ. It is a major part in the nurturing environment. Therefore, leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ have the responsibility to create and nourish a healthy group image among those to whom we minister. We need to recognize that our group image will either contribute to or hinder the impact of our ministry. (87)

…when you increase the health of the group’s self-image, the people of that group become more eager, receptive, and responsive as learners…. The higher the image people in your ministry have of your church, the more willing they will be to bring others. (89)

A healthy group image is not just the collective experience of “warm fuzzies.” Rather it is a tangible enthusiasm about the work of God.is currently doing and the work he wants to do in the future. Just as the word enthusiasm literally means, “God in us,” a healthy group image is built upon His acting presents.

Developing the ability to verbalize vision — that purpose or driving passion God as given to you for your ministry — can be a powerful tool,. A clearly communicated vision connects purpose with conviction, provide substance to enthusiasm, and fuels godly dreaming — all of which contribute to a healthy group image.

One final thought about building a healthy group image: celebrate the good times! This is one of the simplest and most easily workable ideas. Whenever something good happens in your congregation, review and publicly with the whole body.

Most of us have selected memory. We remember in detail, both things which went right, wrong, and we forget the details about the things that went well. Reviewing the good times can help counteract this tendency. Remembering is so important in Scripture of the theology of remembrance could easily be constructed. Over and over again God tells his people to remember what he has done and how far they have come. Elaborate memorials were constructed. Many of the feasts are designed specifically to assist the remembering process.

Biblically speaking, God’s desire is to provoke help the remembrance of the good times in general, and his works in specific. (95)

If you’re like many ministries, you experience weekly or monthly pressure to write an interesting newsletter. You know how important good communication is, but the regular grind of cranking out these pieces gets old. Celebrating God’s work in the body may be your answer did in place of billing page after page with announcements, reviewed the good times. Publicly replay the ways God worked. Communicate answers to prayer, conversions, the Christ come progress on church goals, spiritual milestones (personal or corporate), and even financial blessings. (96)

A healthy enthusiasm about the work of God as a sign of a growing relationship with Him. Enthusiasm is a willingness to speak about the work of God in one’s life. The one who is enthused about God talks about the things he is learning from the Word, the answers to prayer his experience in, and the lessons he is learning from others of the body. That is not to say that people need to be cheerleaders constantly waving pompoms to arouse the crowd. Different personalities demonstrate enthusiasm differently. In all cases, you might say that godly enthusiasm is the result of health of a healthy growing relationship with the Lord that keeps bursting out. (136)

The overwhelming testimony of the New Testament is that love both expressed and experienced among the members of the body is absolutely essential if that body is to be healthy and alive. Thus the development of love within the body must be a primary concern of the spiritual leadership. … It is absolutely clear that the believer needs to grow in love, but they also need to grow, but they also love to grow. The task of leaders is to do all we can to create a place where love is genuinely expressed. (58)

The degree to which we are infected in communicating love is the degree to which we will see our people grow in Jesus Christ. (61)

~ Growing a Healthy Church