Ministry effectiveness may be evaluated based on eight characteristics of a healthy congregation:
Worship attendance - How does your church's worship attendance relate to what's happening to the population of your community? In a declining community, stable worship attendance is a success. In a growing community, declining attendance is not success.
Professions of faith - How many people, other than the members of the confirmation class, came to Christ through profession of faith?
Social action - Is your church involved in social action projects appropriate to your community?
Sunday school attendance - Are the people attending worship connected to a small group experience like Sunday school where they are fed or feeding others spiritually?
Growing dollars - Is the church spending more each year in ministry?
Growing percentage for mission - Is the church spending more each year on being in mission outside the congregation?
M&M's paid in full - Is the church paying its full commitment to the connectional mission of the church?
Commitment to excellence - Are we giving our best to the Lord in service in all aspects of our ministry?
A vital congregation has:
Inviting and inspiring worship
Engaged disciples in mission and outreach
Gifted, equipped and empowered lay leadership
Effective, equipped and inspired clergy leadership
Strong children’s programs and youth ministry
From the "A Call to Action" report.
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