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:
- Sensing the presence of God. “Experiencing God dwarfs everything else as people rate a church’s atmosphere.”
- Others-centered. “An others-centered church is immediately interested in new people, what they need, and how the church can help.”
- Understandable terminology. “Healthy churches tend to speak in terms everyone can understand. No secret jargon.”
- 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.”
- Healthy problem handling. “What makes a healthy church is not the absence of problems. It’s how problems are handled.”
- Accessibility. “High ratings go to churches that are ‘barrier free’ in every sense of the term.”
- 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.