A church will most likely succeed when:
- There is a clear and united understanding of the Mission and vision of the church.
- Members care more about the lost than they do their own preferences.
- The lost are saved, disciples are made, and people engage in ministry – on a regular and consistent basis.
- There is an ethos of grace.
- Leaders are continually trained and deployed to serve.
- All generations are included equally.
- There is a strong priority on regional, national and international missions.
- The church reflects the cultural diversity of the community.
- The worship services and gatherings are training and preparation for ministry outside the building.
- Generosity and tithing are the norm.
- There is a systematic approach to prayer.
- The pastor shares leadership authority and responsibility with others.
- There is a culture of financial accountability, transparency and fiduciary responsibility.
- The buildings and grounds are well used but meticulously cleaned, and frequently updated.
- The Gospel Message remains the same but methods are adjusted as necessary.
- The people love God, love others, and love one another.
These are 16 chapters for a proposed book on successful church ministry.
That’s a lot; we have a lot of work to do.