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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

State of the Church

This evening President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address. Some who hear the speech will be glad, Some will be sad. Some will be mad.

If you had to deliver a State of the Church address, how would you describe your church? Here are a few points to consider:

Is your church growing spiritually strong

Is it financially healthy

Is the Bible in the members’ hands and hearts and not simply on a screen?

Does the pastor preach from the Bible or simply find a text in the Bible to hang his ideas on?

Does your church value all ages: kids, teens, young adults, middle adults, and senior adults?

Does your church value single adults and married adults?

Does your church value people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds?

Is the educational program purposeful and alive?

Is your church over programmed, leaving little or no time for family life?

Does your church strongly support missions?

Does your church build strong convictions about the fundamentals of the faith?

What do you see as the main reason people attend your church: good music? Biblical teaching? Social interaction? Other?

How friendly is your church to visitors?

Does your church have a leadership-training program?

Do the members of your church actively share the gospel throughout the week?

Does the congregation sing enthusiastically or mainly listen to the worship team?

Do you think most of your church’s members know why your church exists?

If you delivered your State of the Church Address this coming Sunday, would percentage of the congregation would be glad? sad? mad?