What Makes a Healthy Church?
Humility. Know thyself. Healthy churches are people who humble themselves to serve others like Jesus humbled himself to serve us.
Faithful Cooperation. A healthy church is one made up of all kinds of people who put their own needs aside to join together to carry out God’s mission. In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity. – St. Augustine
Individual Participation. Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.