Church Health Assessment
Preparation prior to Completing the Church Health Assessment
Before you start the Church Health Assessment, remember that you are embarking on a Spiritual Exercise – a spiritual journey with God. This will mean spending some time preparing your heart before beginning this Assessment. You see, in completing this Assessment, it’s not just about what you might think or feel about the church, but also about what you might sense God is saying to you and the church. So before you begin, take some time to participate in some LISTENING PRAYER to ensure that your heart is in the right place. Use the instructions below to help you toward that end:
Reflect on this: Generally a church succeeds or fails together. In other words, seldom can either success or failure be laid at the feet of either one person or a small group of people. For example, should a conflict occur, eventually affecting the entire church, it includes not only the action that started it, but also the reaction and inaction that often follows, thus leaving the entire church culpable.
Let me provide a specific example. Let’s say a conflict arises, which eventually leads to a number of people leaving the church, creating a great deal of hurt on all sides. Chances are the conflict began with a small group of people; perhaps because of a misunderstanding where clarification was not sought, or, because of something hurtful that initially was said or done. When not dealt with immediately, others were dragged into the conflict, some feeling compelled to take sides. As things escalated, it’s possible that few people took the time to listen to each other, or to both sides of the story. As a result offense was taken and the conflict intensified. Then, to exasperate the problem, still others chose the path of inaction and remained silent. Instead of encouraging others to work toward reconciliation, they instead hoped the situation would resolve itself. In the end, the church experienced a failure, everyone lost, and the Kingdom of God did not advance.
So, to reiterate: usually a church succeeds or fails together. This means that when this Assessment reveals strengths, I would encourage you to celebrate them together. And should it reveal any areas for improvement, I would ask that you use that information, not to blame any one person or group of people, but rather, to collectively humble and submit yourselves before God and one another. Then, work together at bringing God’s healing and restorative touch through the leading of His Holy Spirit.
Pray God’s peace upon yourself and your church by meditating on Philippians 4:4-9
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“Finally,… whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things… And the God of peace will be with you.”
Spend some time with God, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal any areas of your heart that need to be made right with either Him or others. To do that pray through these two verses from PSALM 139:23-24 and then take some TIME TO LISTEN to the Holy Spirit and respond accordingly:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Once you sense from God that your heart is ready, begin the Assessment. As you work through each Question and assess each Area of Ministry, LISTEN to what God’s Spirit might be saying to you and to your church.
Director of Church Development
Central Canadian District of the C&MA
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