Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Questions churches should be asking (but probably aren't)...

Timmy Brister asks the following great diagnostic questions to himself.  Here are a few of them...
1.  If our church would cease to exist in our city, would it be noticed and missed?

3.  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.)
4.  What are the subcultures within the church?  Do they attract or detract from the centrality of the gospel and mission of the church?

6.  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.)
7.  Are the priorities of our church in line with the priorities of Christ’s kingdom?
8.  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?
9.  If the invisible kingdom of God became visible in our city, what would that look like?

12.  Are the people we are reaching more religious or pagan?
13.  What can we learn about our evangelism practices by the kind of people are being reached with the gospel?

15.  What percentage of our growth is conversion growth (vs. transfer growth)?

20. If money and space were not an issue, what is one thing we ought to dream for God to do in our midst where it is impossible for anyone to get the credit except for the omnipotent hand of God?

Read the whole list here.   There are some other great thoughts/ questions by others in the comments.  

[HT: Z: JT]


pilgrim said...

Some of those are a big Ouch, as I've heard some people put it.

Those are things to consider for ourselves and our churches.

As to one of the questions--transfer growth isn't necessarily a good thing, if people aren't being fed elsewhere--but sometimes it's just church hopping, and that transfer growth may very well transfer elsewhere.

Conversion growth s tough though.
I'd like to see more of it.

John said...

@ pilgrim, I agree. Thanks for stopping by.

pilgrim said...

Oops--I meant to say-Transfer growth isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the way I wrote it makes sense too.

Transfer growth has its good side and its negative side.