*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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