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Annual health check-up for the church

By Tricia Brown

Even churches need annual checkups to make sure that all is well. Take time to seriously consider the following symptoms and what treatment may be needed to ensure the continuing health and prosperity of your church.

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Lack of growth

Are your pews full? If not, ask yourself:

  • Are members leaving? If so, why?
  • Are you attracting visitors? If so, do they return? If not, why don’t they?
  • Are people in your church still giving?
  • Do you have an intergenerational congregation? Do you offer programs for every age and stage of life from birth to older adults?
  • Does your church have a variety of children’s ministries? Are you attracting families?
  • Do you have a congregation that accurately reflects the ethnic diversity of your community?

Treatment: Thankfully, you can try a variety of ways to grow church ministries.

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Internal irritations

Sometimes even welcoming churches find it’s not enough. However, the symptoms are not quite as evident as empty pews. Ask yourself:

  • Do the ministries of your church influence your community and meet the needs of the congregation?
  • Are the services of the church balanced in respect to the needs?
  • Are a handful of people doing the majority of work?
  • Do your volunteers feel overworked and underappreciated?
  • Do your leaders avoid burnout by taking time for their own needs?
  • Are you developing new leaders?

Treatment: If your church is suffering from internal irritations, here are a few things you can do.

Unfocused fever

Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people get out of control, but whoever obeys instruction is happy.” Churches with a vision are more likely to stay healthy and focused. Ask yourself:

Treatment: Try some of these prescriptions.

Before treatment can begin, you have to identify the symptoms and make the diagnosis. Perform a health check-up on your church today.

Tricia Brown

Tricia Brown has been a freelance writer and editor for more than twenty years, ghost-writing and editing for individuals as well as for health, education and religious organizations. She enjoys reading, writing and public speaking commitments in which she teaches and encourages other women.