8 Healthy Passions for a Church, by Ty Tamasaka
I love the church of Jesus Christ. I’ve been to many churches… some very large – meeting in multi-sites auditoriums, and some very small – meeting in homes. Some mainline traditional and some Pentecostal. I’ve come to value and appreciate that each church has its own culture and personality.
What is the baseline that helps you know if the passion of your church is healthy and is on the right track? As you read through this list, think about where your church is strong and where you might need to improve.
1 – A love for God and people.
The primary motivation for any ministry in the church should be a love for God and a love for people. Does your church have a passion for God and people?
2 – A passion to reach people for Jesus.
Churches can easily become consumed with good and worthy efforts ranging from political agendas to providing social services or food banks. While these are good things, they should never replace the real mission of the church… reaching people for Jesus. Does your church have a genuine passion to reach people for Jesus?
3 – A compelling vision and strategy for discipleship.
Great leaders provide vision. Vision is what makes every church unique and contains compels the people of God to move together for the purposes of God. The vision must be big enough to need God and need to develop more leaders. Does your church have a compelling vision and a strategy for discipleship?
4 – A passion for the Word of God.
The Word of God is what separates the church from other clubs and organizations. Without the centrality of God’s Word, the church is nothing more than a self-help group. Does your church have a passion for the Word of God?
6 – A passion for prayer.
A healthy church is a praying church. While churches can become very busy doing the work of the ministry, it’s critical that the church NOT lose the heart to pray to the One with whom ministry is being done. Does your church have a passion for prayer?
7 – A passion to serve those in need.
While churches cannot help everyone, we can always help someone. A healthy church makes an impact in its hometown by serving people in the community – in particular, those who can do nothing for your church and may never attend. Does your church have a passion to serve those in need?
8 – A passion for God that results in financial giving.
We might pray for our church to have a generous spirit, but that starts with its leaders. It’s uncommon for a church to be generous if its leaders are not generous. A healthy church should teach on giving and generosity, and encourage others to follow God’s prompting to give. Does your church have a passion to give?
What else would you add to this list?
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.