This tool is designed to help you conduct a quick checkup of your church in six areas that indicate the health of your church. Respond to the statements below using the rating scale:
Never Score 0
Rarely / Almost Never Score 1 - 3
Sometimes / Occasionally Score 4 - 6
Often / Most of the Time Score 7 - 9
Always Score 10
___ The Bible is our ultimate source of truth and the basis for our pastor’s sermons.
___ The Bible is not only taught, but we strive to see life change through the worship experience.
___ Because I know that they will be blessed, I enjoy inviting people to visit our church.
___ Our worship glorifies God and engages worshippers in heart, mind, and emotions.
___ Our worship is characterized by a spirit of joy and thanksgiving.
___ Our worship leaders are gifted in leading worshippers to have a “God-experience.”
___ Every part of the worship service is done with excellence.
___ People come to worship with a sense of excitement and anticipation of experiencing God.
___ Our parking, buildings, signs, printed materials, facilities, and members make a person’s visit to our church a warm and meaningful experience.
___ The music in our worship services helps me worship the Lord.
Worship Total = _____
___ Our church relies upon personal relationships as the primary source of first-time attendees.
___ I try to develop relationships with unchurched people that I might introduce them to Jesus Christ.
___ Our members are consciously and regularly encouraged to build relationships with the unchurched.
___ Our church is sensitive to the fears and needs of the unchurched.
___ People of different backgrounds and lifestyles are warmly welcomed and accepted by our members.
___ Our church is passionate about reaching our community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ as evidenced by our active outreach ministry.
___ Our leaders, budget, and ministries reflect a significant commitment to evangelism.
___ We pray for boldness in sharing our faith, and we expect to see people saved on a regular basis.
___ We regularly provide evangelism training in our church.
___ I regularly pray for my friends, colleagues, and relatives who do not yet know Jesus Christ that they will come to faith in Him.
Evangelism Total = _____
___ Our church has an intentional plan for developing faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
___ Our church has a process to identify the characteristics and competencies of a faithful disciple.
___ Our members want the church to grow both numerically and spiritually.
___ Our church emphasizes and lives out a holistic approach to discipleship (head-knowing, hands-doing, and heart-being).
___ Our church leaders give a strong emphasis to spiritual growth both personally and corporately.
___ A large percentage of our members read Christian materials, listen to Christian music, and attend Christian growth seminars/conferences.
___ I notice a significant difference between the attitudes and actions of my friends who are church members and my unchurched friends.
___ I am a member of a small group in our church in which we hold one another accountable for spiritual growth.
___ The Word of God is the most important authority in the everyday decisions of my life.
___ I regularly have a devotional time and work to memorize scripture.
Discipleship Total = _____
___ The goal of our church’s ministry is to see people’s lives changed into the image of Jesus Christ.
___ Our church is more interested in serving others than in serving ourselves.
___ Ministry is deemed to be a balance between ministering and being ministered to.
___ Our pastoral staff members are viewed primarily as ministry equippers who train the members to do ministry.
___ Our church is committed to training and helping our members use their spiritual gifts in accomplishing specific ministries.
___ Our church conducts ministry fairs to celebrate our various ministries and to encourage members to serve through these ministries of the church.
___ Other members really seem to appreciate the value of my ministry in our church.
___ Our leaders strive to get more and more members involved in doing the ministry of the church.
___ In our church there is a leader for each ministry.
___ Our church does something to help the hurting people in our community.
Ministry Total = _____
___ Our church leaders promote and model good relationships and are active in small groups.
___ Some of my closest friends are members of my Sunday school class/small group.
___ Our church has a reputation in the community for being warm and welcoming.
___ Our church has a plan to help our members connect with one another in meaningful ways.
___ Our church has an intentional plan to get people involved in Sunday school/small groups.
___ Our committees and ministry groups do not just meet to discuss and fulfill their responsibilities, but they actively pray for, support, and encourage one another.
___ I feel totally at home in our church and look forward to seeing my dear friends there.
___ There is a very high degree of trust between members in our church.
___ Our members genuinely like one another and their love is contagious.
___ When I am experiencing difficulties, I call church members to pray for me.
Fellowship Total = _____
___ Our church leaders are respected, encouraged, and loved by our members.
___ Our pastor is viewed primarily as an “equipper,” not a “hired gun” to do most of the church ministry.
___ Our leaders model Christ-likeness in their lives, families, work, and ministry.
___ Our leaders have vision and share this vision regularly with the church.
___ Our leaders hold our members accountable and know how to handle conflict.
___ Our leaders are sensitive to God’s leadership and are constantly exploring new ways to build the Kingdom of God.
___ Our leaders are committed to “giving the ministry away” and are not hesitant to delegate both responsibility and authority.
___ Our leaders have an inspiring optimism.
___ Our pastor looks for help from members to complement those areas in which he is not gifted.
___ The activities of our church are characterized by successful planning and good organization.
Leadership Total = _____
Scores of less than 60 in any of these 6 areas indicate that your church is either plateaued/declining (or soon will be).
Unless you make intentional strategic decisions to improve the health of the church, your church will continue to become increasingly unhealthy.
Ideas and questions were inspired by "Vitals Signs of a Healthy Church" By Jack Jones, Director of Evangelism, Minnesota - Wisconsin Baptist Convention.
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