Habits of Healthy Churches
Patrick Lencioni, in his book, The Advantage, notes that ‘organizational health trumps everything.’ Not only have I found his argument to be true in the church to a high degree, but I have also found it to be true for the leaders of the church as well. Outside of the Gospel, the most important factor in the effectiveness of a church is the health of the church. Outside of the work of God, health is the most important factor in the effectiveness of pastors, staff and ministry leaders. Health trumps.
We often think of health just in terms of the physical, but that is a rather limited view.
Health does not happen by accident; it takes intention and action. Your church may not be the biggest, best or most resourced, but it can be the healthiest church it can be. You may not be the most dynamic pastor or staff member, but you can be the healthiest you can be. Health trumps. Healthy leaders are thriving leaders. Healthy churches are thriving churches. God wants his children and his churches to experience lasting and transformative health. Health in every area of our lives is part of the promise of the abundant life. Health is not easy, but it is essential.
There are 7 habits of healthy churches:
- Healthy churches make decisions in a healthy way.
- Healthy churches do conflict well.
- Healthy churches focus on adoption rather than assimilation.
- Healthy churches are praying churches.
- Healthy churches are focused more on those outside the church than those inside the church.
- Healthy churches value process.
- Not territorial.
Rev. Dr. Marcus J. Carlson, Executive Director