Some Essentials to Building a Great and Growing Church

1. A steadily increasing number of LEADERS.
2. A steadily increasing number of GIVERS.
3. A steadily increasing number of SERVANTS who have identified their God-given spiritual gifts, temperament, and ministry passion and are being fruitful and fulfilled in their unique contribution.
4. A steadily increasing number of GROUPS where significant relationships can be developed.
5. A clear and compelling MISSION that everyone can articulate and that permeates and drives everything that is done.
6. An effective means of OUTREACH.
7. Great PUBLIC SERVICES.
8. An effective means of PARTICIPATORY DECISION-MAKING.
9. HIGH VISIBILITY in the community.
10. Adequate PARKING.
11. Adequate FACILITIES.
12. An effective means of DEVELOPING BELIEVERS INTO “5 G’s (grace, growth, group, gifts, giving) PEOPLE”.
13. An effective means of HELPING HURTING PEOPLE.
14. A strong feeling and reality of COMMUNITY.
15. An effective means of QUICKLY ASSIMILATING NEW PEOPLE into the “vital” life of the church.
16. An emphasis on and modeling of the true LIFE-TRANSFORMATION that God does in human lives.
17. A quality NURSERY and CHILDREN’S PROGRAM.

– From New Life Bible Church, Norman, OK

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