Follow the agenda set by church growth experts, business strategists, and opinion surveys, and you’re likely to conclude that building a successful church demands shorter services, larger parking lots, better equipped nurseries, more entertainment, and above all, less preaching and teaching from the Bible.
But John MacArthur contends that the church is not a business,
success is not its goal, leadership qualifications aren’t negotiable,
and its health is not measured in size, market share, bank account,
programs, or its influence or popularity with the world.
So what is the standard for greatness when it comes to your local church? John’s classic study Marks of a Healthy Church
identifies the traits that, when true of a church, lead to
effectiveness and spiritual growth in the congregation and the
community. This study can help you develop your spiritual gifts in a way
that builds up fellow believers.
Click here to listen, read, or download this series free of charge.
Another great resource:
The Bible Driven Church includes 8 free download lessons:
1. The Shepherd's Responsibility
2. The Sheep's Responsibility
3. Dealing with Problem People
4. Rejoicing Always
5. Praying Unceasingly
6. Giving Thanks in Everything
7. Not Quenching the Holy Spirit
8. Responding to God's Word