Bill Easum had an interesting post on his blog (thanks to fellow blogger, Paul Peterson for the Link). Easum gives insight into how to identify a spiriutally dead church. It made me evaluate these ours concering our own church. How do you think we are doing in the following areas?
Here are eight death clues. Spiritually dead churches:
- Have lost their sense of mission to those who have not heard about Jesus Christ and do not pant after the Great Commission;
- Exist primarily to provide fellowship for the “members of the club;”
- Expect their pastors to focus primarily on ministering to the members’ personal spiritual needs;
- Design ministry to meet the needs of their members;
- Have no idea about the needs of the “stranger outside the gates;”
- Are focused more on the past than the future;
- Often experience major forms of conflict;
- And watch the bottom line of the financial statement more than the number of confessions of faith.
Bill Easum points out some thought-provoking insights. How can we as a church improve? Are there areas where we need to revive and awaken from the dead? Let’s work together to build a church that is alive in Christ. The same spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us. If that alive Spirit is in us, then the church should be alive. We are in this together!
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