I love the Church. She is Christ's bride and the key to cultural transformation. In that sense every church is a 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.
Of course there are no perfect churches but there are many that are pressing toward the high water mark we see in Scripture. Here are 10 signs you may be going to a great local church.
1. It is lead by a team of godly leaders 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.)
4. It, like the early church, is integrated, fully representing the demographic of the community in which it resides (Ephesians 2:11-21.) By the way my buddy Derwin Gray has got a lot of great material (blogs, sermons, etc) on this particular point.
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.)
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.)
These are 10 signs you may be going to a great church. What are some other signs?