Christianity Today has a good article on seven ways to measure your church’s ministry. The article states that “that most people rate church atmosphere within the first 15 minutes of their first visit.” The below seven areas will most likely contribute to how people rate your church’s atmosphere on their first visit:

  1. Sensing the presence of God. “Experiencing God dwarfs everything else as people rate a church’s atmosphere.”

  2. Others-centered. “An others-centered church is immediately interested in new people, what they need, and how the church can help.”

  3. Understandable terminology. “Healthy churches tend to speak in terms everyone can understand. No secret jargon.”

  4. People who look like me. “Our level of comfort can be high or low depending on how quickly we find someone else who looks like us.”

  5. Healthy problem handling. “What makes a healthy church is not the absence of problems. It’s how problems are handled.”

  6. Accessibility. “High ratings go to churches that are ‘barrier free’ in every sense of the term.”

  7. Sense of Expectancy. “Listen to hallway conversations about the church, and you can decide if the primary verb tense is past, present, or future. Most healthy churches are hopeful churches. They are permeated with high expectations of God’s blessing for the future.”

If interested in reading more about the seven ways you can church, I encourage you to read the full text at Christianity Today.


I’m headed to Lubbock, Texas today for Cline Paden’s funeral. Cline was an amazing visionary in the kingdom of God. There is no telling how many people are apart of God’s kingdom today because of Cline’s love for lost people.

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  1. jel says:

    safe trip!

  2. Monalea says:

    Good post!


  3. John Roberts says:

    Great article – thanks for passing it along. So sorry to hear about Cline’s passing.

  4. The Preacher's Household: says:

    It was great to see you today, even though you didn’t recognize me. :) I must be taller than my younger self. I think it was great you didn’t pretend to know me because I caught on and would have teased you more.
    I appreciate that you were able to go to Cline’s service. Hopefully we can all meet in the middle sometime.

  5. KJKEB says:

    #7 is very telling.

    It is really about whether or not we believe our church’s greatest days are behind us, now, or in the future.

  6. Anonymous says:


    Should I be concern you went out with my wife? She plays it off like you didn’t even know her, but is this to keep your secret rendezvous from being found out?

  7. TREY MORGAN says:

    Kathy … I had a great time visiting. What an amazing event running into you. Wish James could have been there. You guys have 3 beautiful kids. And next time you come up to me in a McDonald’s and say, “Do you know who I am?” I’ll say, “Yep.”

    kjkeb – I agree … number 7 really says a lot doesn’t it.

  8. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Cool! :)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Kathy, I can’t believe you asked that? I once went up to a woman I thought I recognized at Olive Garden, and asked her the same question. Felt so dumb when I realized what I had said, but we actually did know each other through her daughter. Jeanne M.

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