*10 Signs You’re Attending a Great Church*
By Greg Stier

Church….she is Christ’s bride and the key to cultural transformation. In that sense, every church is great. But let’s be honest, there are a ton of churches that leave much to be desired when it comes to truly making a difference in their congregations and communities. So, when you plug into a church that is getting it done, it’s a true blessing.

Here are 10 signs you may be going to a great local church:

*1. It is led by a team of Godly leaders (Man of God) not a Lone Ranger pastor who gathers Tonto-type leaders around him to say “Yes, Kemo Sabe” to his each and every idea.* (Titus 1:5-9).

*2. The Gospel is central to every sermon, program and meeting* (1 Corinthians 15:3,4) *and the advancement of it both locally and globally drive strategic initiatives.* (Acts 1:8).

*3. People are using their spiritual gifts not just watching the “stage team” exercise theirs* (1 Corinthians 12:12-31), *resulting in disciples being made and multiplied.* (2 Timothy 2:2).

*4. It, like the early church, is integrated, fully representing the demographic of the community in which it resides* (Ephesians 2:11-21)

*5. Love, demonstrating itself in friendliness, generosity, internal/external care programs and community involvement, dominates the atmosphere.* (1 Corinthians 13:1-8).

*6. Most likely there is a thriving small group program where members truly can have great biblical conversations, share struggles and pray with/for each other.* (James 5:16).

*7. The people are being inspired and equipped to share their faith relationally, resulting in more and more new believers being added to the church.* (Acts 2:47).

*8. The teaching/preaching is biblical, theological and immensely practical.* (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 4:1-4).

*9. Ministry to children and teenagers are top priorities, not afterthoughts.* (Titus 2:1-8; Deuteronomy 6:4-9).

*10. Intercessory prayer fuels everything. It’s the engine, not the caboose, of how the church rolls from top to bottom.* (1 Timothy 2:1-8). – at Pacet

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*12 Reasons People Leave Church*

*Relationship conflict.*
Somebody got mad at somebody else, and one (or both) of them decided to find another church.

*Weak preaching.*
A congregation will put up with a lot of poor leadership, but many—especially young people—will not long sit under poor preaching.

*Authoritarian leadership.*
Some leaders do not permit opposing views, and they expect everyone to follow in line. In turn, some members simply don’t stay under that leadership style.

*Poor students’ programming.*
Even though it’s not good, it’s one thing for adults to have little opportunities for growth; it’s another matter completely when our church provides little for our children and young people or yunior.

*Neglected pastoral care.*
Right or wrong, some church members give their pastors only one shot at pastoral care. If the pastor somehow neglects a need, members start looking elsewhere.

*Personal sin.*
Sometimes it’s easier to leave a church than to sit under preaching that convicts week after week after week…which also means it’s apparently easier to leave than it is to repent.

*Burnout.*
Members who are really faithful to a local church at times overcommit themselves based on the needs of the church. Few people are willing to admit they’re just worn out, so some will simply leave instead.

*No connectedness.*
Lonely church members—regardless of whether they’re lonely because the church is unfriendly or because they choose not to get involved—don’t usually commit for the long haul in a church.

*Congregational strife.*
Even if you’re not in the middle of the battle, constant conflict wears out even the best church members.

*Theological disagreement.*
Sometimes this difference is over actual theological beliefs, and sometimes it’s over moral right and wrong.

*Political positions.*
Granted, this reason is often more apparent during campaign seasons, but it happens.

*Perceived irrelevance.*
Members who think the preaching and teaching do not speak to the reality of their day-to-day lives will often seek that kind of teaching elsewhere.

Source: churchplanting.com – at Pacet

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