I have decided to lay out some quotes from the study guide: Marks of an Effective Church, Part 1. There is a lot of practical information that is helpful for the local church.
Suggested Reasons for Growth
spiritual life can't be measured by its numbers because it's easy to
attract people. It's far more difficult to make disciples."
Emphasis on Godly Leaders: Requirement
"A man is not to be
a leader in the church because he is the best businessman, has innate
leadership ability, or is a super-salesman. He is to be a leader because
he is a man of God."
"It is saying he must be teachable as well as being able to communicate biblical truth to others; The most important thing about church leaders is that they be concerned about the people they are shepherding."
An Emphasis on Goals and Objects
"A church must have functional goals and objectives or it will have no direction."
overarching goals are more specific ones, like unifying families,
preventing divorce, and educating children in the things of the Lord."
"For example, if we
want to win people to Christ, we might preach about the responsibility
of the believer to evangelize and offer classes in evangelism."
An Emphasis on Discipleship
"The design of the
Christian church is not to have a professional preacher financed by
laymen who merely act as spectators. Every Christian should be involved
in edifying other believers."
The Methods of the Modern Church
"Which would you
rather have: a week of revival meetings once a year or a congregation
evangelizing 365 days a year? Obviously the latter. Evangelism ought to
be going on all the time. And it's important that we do it on a personal
An Emphasis on Active Church Members
"Until the church realizes that every member must minister his gifts, it never will be what God wants it to be."
"Where there are
non-functioning members, there will be adverse effects somewhere else in
the Body. All the saints must be involved in ministering the gifts God
has given them."
"Aggressive, active, ministering people make for a successful church."