Research indicates that the are 5 types of churches – 4 Unhealthy & 1 Healthy – and each have a different drive. Dying churches tend to be driven by the desire to survive. Small churches tend to be driven by the efforts of a single individual. Medium churches tend to be driven by the systems which reflect the personality of a particular leader. Large churches tend to be driven by programs. Each of these four have their own unique problems which lead to failure, primarily because they measure success the wrong way.
The fifth type of church, the Healthy church, is driven by Mission. The healthy church knows why it exists; the core Idea into which its purpose and principles are grounded. The healthy church knows what it exists to do; its overarching strategy which informs its priorities & practices. The healthy church knows how it will accomplish these things in its day to day activities.
In order to move from the first 4 categories to the last one, we needed to be proactive, innovative, and coordinated. As Pastor Westurn told me: VISION reveals OPPORTUNITY, establishes GOALS, & reveals OBSTACLES! Over the course of the last several years as we have pressed forward in faith, more and more we have seen the truth of this. Through this congregation’s tireless efforts of collaboration and service, we have accomplished great things, but even greater things are yet to come.
Thank you for all you have done and all you will do.
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you, will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:3-6 (ESV)