Lately I have been thinking about questions churches should regularly ask themselves:
1. What do we consider to be normal Christian behavior? The truth is that the body of believers in a local place sets the standard for what they approve or disapprove. Is our list the same as God’s list?
2. What is the spiritual starting point for newcomers to the church? Are newcomers already believers who have found the place they “fit in?” Or are the newcomers people who have a spiritual hunger and long to find answers to life?
3. Where is the church in its life cycle? Does it see the best years ahead or behind? Does the church have a compelling vision that drives it forward or a tradition that constricts movement?
4. Is the church acting the size that it is or the size that it wants to be? Every parent who has bought shoes for child understands this. You buy shoes a little bigger to give yourself room to grow.
5. Has the church learned to balance grace with truth? To paraphrase Vance Havner: “A church can be so graceful that it is not truthful; and a church can be so truthful it is not graceful.
6. Does the church know its unique reason to exist? What has God called this church to do that no other church in town is called to do?
7. If someone gave the church a million dollars, what would we do with it? I wonder if no one is giving the church a million because we have no idea what we would do with it!
8. Does the church exist to serve the people who are already members or people who need to find Jesus?
9. If a church went out of business, would the community miss it?
10. Would Jesus spend His time dealing with the stuff the church is worried about?
Alice Drive, how would you answer these questions?