Vital Signs of a Healthy Church II

Posted on February 13, 2016

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Evangelism

Author: Ken Lytle

HELP!!! I just attended the opening night of another evangelistic meeting and nothing has changed.  The same prep work… the same format… the same member support (few members in attendance)… the same visitor attendance (low numbers)…  Do a little prep work, throw out some flyers, and have a paid evangelist deliver a series of sermons.

What is the definition of insanity?  Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results each time.

Why do our conference and church leaders think a failed method of evangelism will work year after year?  Why can’t we learn from our mistakes and try the method Christ has given us in the Bible and SOP?  When is enough… enough?

When is comes to Vital Signs of a Healthy Church and evangelism, there are specific steps healthy churches will take to achieve success.

  1. Pray and study about Christ’s method of evangelism (NOT OUR METHOD!!!!)
  2. Develop simple and clear mission and vision statements for the church
  3. Train church members and leaders about what it takes to be visitor-friendly at all times
  4. Make sure everything in the church is centered around Christ’s mission to seek and to save the lost
  5. Create a discipleship program
  6. Develop a Ministry Placement Committee
  7. Activate the SALT Program to discover community needs and wants
  8. Develop a yearly “friendship and traditional” evangelism calendar
  9. Do community outreach projects monthly
  10. Develop active Growth and Life Groups for weekly support and outreach
  11. Modernize the worship service (this doesn’t mean you have to rock and roll)
  12. As the church family becomes active and healthy… effectively connecting with the community, develop plans to conduct a Traditional Evangelistic Meeting for reaping and church growth
  13. Plug new members into the discipleship program and help each of them develop an active ministry portfolio
  14. Repeat ministry method and prayerfully develop church growth and planting plans

A healthy church is a growing church. If your church is not growing, then it’s probably dysfunctional and spiritually dead.

Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, “Follow Me” – Ministry of Healing, p. 143.

Let me know if your church needs counseling and guidance in becoming an active, healthy, and growing church family.  Ken Lytle – kennethlytle@hotmail.com or 505-377-5986

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” – Matthew 28:18-20.