Our Church Leaders’ Away Day this year mainly focused on a bit of a health check or MOT. Here’s a list of the questions we asked and talked about.
- Is the church well fed?
o Is there consistent, faithful Bible teaching ?
o Is the Bible teaching relevant to our context and practical?
o Is the teaching demonstrably bearing fruit in lives?
o Is there evidence that members engage with Scripture throughout the week?
o Do we have a clear sense of our “theological Vision” – i.e. what are our doctrinal essentials and how do we apply them in our context (or what’s our DNA)?
- Is there evidence of commitment to and accountability within the church family Body ministry).
o Are people committing as church members?
o Is there a sense of “body discernment” when we make big decisions?
o Is there a healthy, trust based relationship to all church leaders?
o Are people involved in small groups?
o Are we characterised by hospitality?
o Unity marked by humility -willing to submit to one another, counter others better than ourselves?
- Are people becoming Christians and growing in their faith
o Are we seeing professions and baptisms?
o What is the prayer life of the congregation like?
- Are we all involved in some way in sharing the Gospel with others?
- Are we growing new leaders?
- Is there a healthy interest in wider mission?
o Are people interested in what is happening around the world?
o What is our relationship like with other churches?
o Do we naturally pray for wider mission?
o Are we setting people apart and sending them whether short term or long term into cross cultural mission?
- What is our giving like?
o Time, money, energy?
o Generously, freely, joyfully, not under compulsion?
- Do we have healthy and robust structures (whilst vine work is essential, we shouldn’t neglect the ‘Trellis’ structures). Things to think about might include
o The Constitution
o Leadership structures
o Property/Facilities Management