TakeYourVitmainZ posted a great set of questions from Timmy Brister that we should all ask re: our churches:
- If our church would cease to exist in our city, would it be noticed and missed?
- If all the pastors were tragically killed in a car accident, would the church’s ministry cease or fall apart?
- If the only possible means of connecting with unbelievers were through the missionary living of our church members, how much would we grow? (I ask this because the early church did not have signs, websites, ads, marketing, etc.)
- What are the subcultures within the church? Do they attract or detract from the centrality of the gospel and mission of the church?
- Is our church known more for what we are not/against than what we are/for?
- What are we allowing to be our measuring stick of church health? (attendance vs. discipleship; seating capacity vs. sending capacity; gospel growth, training on mission, etc.)
- Are the priorities of our church in line with the priorities of Christ’s kingdom?
- If our members had 60 seconds to explain to an unbeliever what our church is like, what would you want them to say? How many do you think are saying that?
- If the invisible kingdom of God became visible in our city, what would that look like?
- In what ways have we acted or planned in unbelief instead of faith?
(Please visit the Redeeming Church Conflicts site for even more helpful questions, articles, and encouragement re: your church.)