• Towards a Healthy Church – Increasing the Level of Involvement, Part 2

    In last week’s post, I provided a few specific thoughts on helping people to move from beyond the church to being involved in some way (attending counts!) and from marginally involved to somewhat involved. This week, I will touch on the levels of those who are already involved and/or may be leaders within the church. Although discipleship has many levels, the difference between the groups discussed last week and the groups discussed this week is somewhat the difference between the idea of assimilation and what most* would consider discipleship. *I use the word most because the model that Jesus used was to bring people along at whatever level and have…

  • Towards a Healthy Church – Increasing the Level of Involvement, Part 1

    Last week’s post covered the five levels of people within a church. The levels move from those who are completely unaffiliated with a church to those who are actively leading the church. Some might further delineate the levels (and I think we should in many ways), but for the purposes here these five will work. The idea then is to consider how to get people to move from one level to another. Ultimately, this involvement is for the benefit of the Kingdom, but the church is the tool God has chosen, so, in effect, the idea is to get people more involved within the church. This idea is known as…

  • Towards a Healthy Church – The Five Levels of a Church

    Over the past few weeks, I have spent time discussing the importance of the church having a vision statement, a mission statement, a calendar, systems, etc. If you are reading this article as your first on this blog site, you may think that I am advocating business principles over the Bible. Well, I am not, but as I have mentioned in several articles in this series, I do believe that all truth is God’s truth and the principles that businesses use work if they are true, not because a business developed it. As I wrote here, Moses, Paul, and, yes, Jesus had their own mission statements long before these types…

  • Towards a Healthy Church – From Strategy to Systems

    By now, you might be tired of reading about vision and mission. Good news, we are moving down one more level, but only because it is the next level that allow us to begin to fulfill the mission, which, in turn, allows us to achieve our vision. The next level: strategy. If mission is the objective of a church (or organization), then a strategy is the plan that is needed to make the mission successful. In other words, the strategy is how a mission is fulfilled. Mission statements are important, and people have developed all types of mission statements which might solve or satisfy most every need or ambition known…

  • Towards a Healthy Church – A Need for Systems

    Perhaps you have noticed that your life has become busier than it used to be. For most people, life is not only busier, but much busier. And this busy-ness impacts the church – greatly. The busy-ness of man impacts even the best intentions of any church. Of course, the church represents the people, and although a church may have a mission statement, most people do not. Thus, people get busier and busier. Worse, not only do they not know why they are busier, they also do not know how to break free from the busy-cycle. So, for many, the church is one of the first items to be removed from…