S02 Episode 12: The Characteristics of a Community-Minded Church

David Souther and Larry Moyer discuss the characteristics of a community-minded church.

In this 22-minute episode, you'll hear about:

  • The difference between a congregationally-minded and a community-minded church
  • The definition of a community-minded church and why it’s important
  • Why you can’t separate discipleship from evangelism
  • 5 characteristics of a community-minded church:
    • 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 recognizes that it can’t be the church for everyone

Additional Resources:

Shareable Quotes

“A community-minded church does not focus solely on the congregation.” Larry Moyer |The EvanTell Podcast
Definition of a community-minded church: “A church that adopts a mindset that they are purposed by God to introduce people to Jesus Christ and disciple those who become believers to grow spiritually and introduce others to Christ.” Larry Moyer |The EvanTell Podcast
“God has never placed a church in an area to simply focus on their congregation but instead to focus on their community.” Larry Moyer |The EvanTell Podcast
“Discipleship properly done will lead to evangelism, and evangelism properly done will lead to discipleship.” Larry Moyer |The EvanTell Podcast
“The first thing Christ taught the disciples was evangelism.” Larry Moyer |The EvanTell Podcast
“A lot of people want to evangelize; they simply need to be trained how to do it.” Larry Moyer |The EvanTell Podcast
Characteristic 1 of a Community-Minded Church: "Its leaders are visionaries, not wanting to accept the status quo." Larry Moyer |The EvanTell Podcast
Characteristic 2 of a Community-Minded Church: "Views Bible teaching as a means, not the goal." Larry Moyer |The EvanTell Podcast
Characteristic 3 of a Community-Minded Church: "Its purpose drives its programs." Larry Moyer |The EvanTell Podcast
Characteristic 4 of a Community-Minded Church: "Appreciates its past, but envisions its future." Larry Moyer |The EvanTell Podcast
Characteristic 5 of a Community-Minded Church: "Respects those who do not share its vision and recognize that it can’t be the church for everyone." Larry Moyer |The EvanTell Podcast
“A community-minded church needs to feel so called of God that they come back to the question ‘how can I impact this community for Christ?’ and everything they do becomes the means to the end.” Larry Moyer |The EvanTell Podcast
It’s more important to “know the agenda that God is calling your church to fill, not the agenda of everyone entering your church.” Larry Moyer |The EvanTell Podcast
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	David Souther and Larry Moyer discuss the characteristics of a community-minded church.
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<p>
	In this 22-minute episode, you'll hear about:
</p>

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		The difference between a congregationally-minded and a community-minded church
	</li>
	<li>
		The definition of a community-minded church and why it’s important
	</li>
	<li>
		Why you can’t separate discipleship from evangelism
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		5 characteristics of a community-minded church:
		<ul>
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				Its leaders are visionaries, not wanting to accept the status quo
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			<li>
				Views Bible teaching as a means, not the goal
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			<li>
				Its purpose drives its programs
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				Appreciates its past, but envisions its future
			</li>
			<li>
				Respects those who do not share its vision and recognizes that it can’t be the church for everyone
			</li>
		</ul>
	</li>
</ul>

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<p>
	<strong>Additional Resources:</strong>
</p>

<ul>
	<li>
		<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-evantell-podcast/id1309214958" target="_blank">Subscribe on iTunes</a>
	</li>
	<li>
		<a href="https://evantell.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=f2112611f8c2dc112b7d4e722&id=4a2e137656" target="_blank">Join our podcast email list</a> to stay up to date with new episodes, and as our gift to you, enjoy a free download of our eBook "Evangelism Brainstorms: 90 Ideas for Your Church."
	</li>
	<li>
		Read Larry's articles for ministry leaders: <a href="http://www.larrymoyer.com/articles/?_filters%5Bcategories%5D=56bca17b4c5b615c15f19d06" target="_blank">Leader's Corner</a>
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