A recent article by Catalyst Services provided the following 10 Indicators to measure church missions potential. Do you agree with the indicators? Where would you put your church?
- Are there several leaders in our church motivated by a “holy dissatisfaction” with our current global impact and passionate to see God use our congregation to accomplish far more to expand God’s Kingdom?
- Does our church have a good spread of ages and reflect the ethnic diversity of our community?
- When asked "what is the most exciting thing that has happened in, or been done by, our church in the last year?" do most people name an externally focused ministry?
- Does our pastor have a passion and vision for global engagement?
- Does our pastor, along with a representative group of the congregation, lead missions?
- Is our church expanding its awareness of local needs and growing in its willingness to reach across economic and ethnic differences to share Christ's love in our community?
- Can we identify people who are currently considering future missions service?
- Are those in our missions leadership willing to let go of traditional missions programs and priorities, and allow younger generations to develop “new wineskins” of highly relational, hands-on approaches to global engagement?
- Do we have some current and potential leaders who will invest time to seek God’s direction for a faith-stretching missions strategy?
- Can our church sustain a continuity of missions leadership over at least the next three to five years?
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