Natural Church Development has identified 8 quality characteristics of a healthy church. This spring we had 30 people from Maple Leaf Lutheran Church take a survey that determined how we ranked on each of these 8 qualities. The area we rate the lowest on is the area where we have the biggest opportunity to see growth if we work on it.
For Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, “Passionate Spirituality” was our minimum factor. That means that this is the area in which we have the largest growth possibilities!
So, what is Passionate spirituality?
Effective ministry flows out of a passionate spirituality. Spiritual intimacy leads to a strong conviction that God will act in powerful ways. A godly vision can only be
accomplished through an optimistic faith that views obstacles as opportunities and
turns defeats into victories. Here are some questions to help you think about “Passionate Spirituality:”
1. How are church members integrating their faith into all areas of their life?
2. How and when do church members sense God’s presence and involvement in
the different areas of their life?
3. What recent examples have we heard of God’s transforming work in church
4. What are we doing to teach people how to absorb the new insights and
experiences that come when God is working in their life?
Passion for Church
1. What are the marks of a person who is enthusiastic about our church?
2. What are we doing to teach God’s desires for our church’s future?
3. In the last year, what steps has the pastor taken to make his or her life more
transparent to the church?
4. How do we promote faith in our people so they believe firmly that God will work
even more powerfully in our church in the coming years?
Passion for Devotions
1. In what ways do people in our church spend personal time connecting to God
during the week?
2. In what ways do we see personal and corporate prayer empowering the
ministries of our church?
3. What opportunities do we provide for people to learn how to use the Bible as a
guidebook for life?
4. What indications do we have that people read the Bible on their own? How are
they integrating what they read into their everyday live?
1. What opportunities (in worship or in groups) are given for people to talk about
God’s work in their lives?
2. What are we doing to move religion from being a private matter to a commonly
accepted topic with other believers?
3. How is our experience of God reflected in our conversations with others?
4. How do we inform people of prayer needs? What priority do we believe our
members give to praying for each other?