*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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Adakah jalan kau temui untuk kita kembali lagi……”

Watch “Ruth Sahanaya – Andaikan Kau Datang Kembali” on YouTube

https://youtu.be/2lSWOJ1c9Xo – 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.

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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