Vital Signs of Healthy Churches

  Vital Signs of Healthy Churches  
VITAL SIGNS FOR HEALTHY
IFCA International CHURCHES
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DOCTRINAL PURITY      
A church that is committed to preserving, defending, and proclaiming the historic, fundamental teachings of the Christian faith as set forth in the Word of God, and a biblical world view as derived from its teachings.
 
GOD-CENTERED WORSHIP  
A church that is committed to passionately declaring to the Triune God, in personal devotion and corporate assembly, His infinite value and glory through prayer, praising His name, proclaiming His Word, and delighting in His works.
 
HOLY LIVING        
A church that is committed to pursuing and promoting godly character that begins with the renewing of the mind and motivates biblically moral and ethical conduct resulting in personal integrity.
 
MISSIONS INVOLVEMENT 
A church that is committed to the global proclamation of the gospel to people of every nation, tribe, ethnic and language group and the establishment of biblical local churches.
 
CHURCH PLANTING
A church that is committed to aggressive involvement in planting, establishing, and nurturing biblical, local churches in the United States of America.
 
EXPOSITORY PREACHING 
A church that is committed to effective communication in preaching that emphasizes sound exegesis; historical, grammatical, literal interpretation; with relevant application.
 
RELEVANT TEACHING 
A church that is committed to accuracy and appropriate creativity in the teaching of God's Word enabling people to understand and apply God's truth, and to develop a consistent world view.
 
FERVENT PRAYER  
A church that is committed to the practice and promotion of both private and corporate prayer.
 
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
A church that is committed to identifying and preparing successive generations of leaders to lead the church into the future.
 
SERVANT LEADERSHIP 
A church that is committed to the development of leaders who reflect the selflessness of Christ in the leadership of those to whom they minister.
 
INTENTIONAL EQUIPPING
A church that is committed to facilitating the development of spiritual gifts and ministry skills among all its members, encouraging each one to be a fully functioning minister in the local body.
 
PASTORAL MENTORING 
A church that is committed to facilitating the apprenticeship network among our churches for the development of effective pastoral leaders.
 
EVANGELISTIC ZEAL 
A church that is compelled by the love of Christ, and therefore is committed to the passionate proclamation of the Gospel to all people because all men apart from Christ are lost and face the horrors of eternal judgment.
 
COMPASSIONATE CONCERN 
A church that is committed to recognizing and responding to the physical, material, and emotional needs of both Christians and non-Christians in such a way as to bring them the touch of God's love and compassion as well as the light of His redemption.
 
SENSITIVE SEPARATION 
A church that is committed to biblical separation and church discipline exercised with a humble, gracious spirit and applied in such a way as to strengthen the body of Christ.
 
MULTI-GENERATIONAL MINISTRY 
A church that is committed to ministries which will reach, teach equip and involve people of all ages and groups (men, women, boys, and girls) so that we may present every one complete in Christ.
 
MULTI-CULTURAL/ETHNICALLY DIVERSE MINISTRY 
A church that is seeking to reflect the ethnically and culturally blended nature of the Body of Christ, and is actively fostering the continuing expansion of its ethnic and cultural diversity.
 
UNIFIED PURPOSE 
A church that is committed to the pursuit of unity in the advancement of our common cause.
 
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION 
A church that is committed to an effective information strategy to clearly, thoughtfully, and sensitively distribute useful data.
 
BIBLICAL CONCILIATION
A church that is committed to biblical unity, and resolving any episodes of disharmony among believers in a Christ-honoring fashion.
                       
FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
A church that is committed to biblical principles of generosity and integrity in the stewardship of financial resources and the teaching of such principles to the congregation.
 
CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT 
A church that recognizes the Lordship of Christ in the totality of life and is committed to the regular reassessment of its methodology, activities, and vision regarding their effectiveness for the glory of God.