Church Health Resource
“Church Health: Functions, Practices, and Models” (SL#7)
by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., materials written and collected for these Library Articles
and for the publication of SkillTrack® Vol. 4 - Church Health Resources
Church Health: More than a “Hot Topic”
Throughout recent years, church health has often come to my focused attention through research, writing, and conferences. From time to time, these findings will be posted as articles in the Servant Leaders Library. Our intention is also to publish the materials in a SkillTrack® volume for conference, peer group, and independent study.
In my traffic patterns and conferences, ministry leaders often speak of church health, sharing their concepts and asking questions; I continue to learn from them and include their lessons in my own thinking. A vast amount of material is being researched and published on healthy churches, and denominational groups are making this one of their highest priorities. However, reality in church life indicates that we already know much more than we are putting into intentional, consistent practice.
You have also noticed, haven’t you, that this lofty subject is often and properly linked to that of “church growth”? Church health and church growth will continue to be of critical interest to churches and ministry leaders for decades to come. Each has its own central focus, but they are also mutually dependent.
Health: Our Most Common Uses
Do not some of these very terms and phrases help us to understand some of the most obvious ways “health” may be applied to the well-being of a congregation?
Church Health: Resources to Come
Since this article serves primarily as an introduction to this category in the Servant Leaders Library, let me project some of the resources to be posted in the days to come; these are examples, some of which are already prepared:
Church health will also be noted in a large number of other topics in the Library. Health and healing for the congregation and its members is primarily a spiritual matter, but not apart from the healing, life-giving purpose of Christ. We need the Savior for us all, wherever we are in the journey: Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)
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Adapted by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., Founding Director, Moench Center for Church Leadership