I have the privilege of speaking in so many, many churches every year. I’ve discovered there are two kinds of churches. There’s a congregation-minded one, and there’s a community-minded one. The difference is rather simple. A congregation-minded church looks inward, and a community-minded church looks outward.
Let’s break that down even further. Here’s what happens:
A congregation-minded church grows primarily by transfer. In other words, people moving from one church to another.
- A community-minded church will also grow by conversion. They lead people to Christ who become growing believers.
Further, churches that make it a priority to focus on their communities tend to have 5 common characteristics:
- Its leaders are visionaries, not wanting to accept the status quo
- Views Bible teaching as a means, not the goal
- Its purpose drives its programs
- Appreciates its past, but envisions its future
- Respects those who do not share its vision and recognize that it can’t be the church for everyone
I believe God wants our churches to be community-minded. Frankly, there’s no healthier congregation than one that is concerned about unbelievers. Seeing them come to Christ and grow as disciples can be one of the healthiest things any congregation can experience.
- Listen to The EvanTell Podcast — S02 Episode 12: The Characteristics of a Community-Minded Church