CHURCH HEALTH & 12 Findings from Church Health Surveys

By Chuck Lawless, 9/2/14

More than 15 years ago, Dr. Rainer and I developed a Church Health Survey to assess the condition of local congregations. A 160-question survey that focuses on the six purposes of the church (worship, evangelism, discipleship, ministry, prayer, and fellowship), the questionnaire reveals a church’s perception of itself.

Over the years, hundreds of churches in North America have completed the survey as they work with my church consulting group. Here are some general conclusions these surveyed churches have told us about themselves.

  1. Even struggling churches view themselves as family…
  2. Many churches admit their unhealthiness. By far, churches that complete our survey perceive themselves as “marginally unhealthy” or “unhealthy…”
  3. Many members do not pray regularly for church staff…
  4. Discipleship and evangelism are the weakest areas in the church…
  5. Churches produce prayer lists, but they do not report answered prayer…
  6. A dedicated few members do most of the work…
  7. Worship is still an issue. The worship wars may have changed, but they are not completely over…
  8. Members seldom recognize space or parking problems…
  9. Communication is a serious issue…
  10. Members say they would do more evangelism if they had more training…
  11. Church folks say they know what they believe, but they are not convinced other members do…
  12. Most church members and congregations do not pray regularly for world missions..,

Read more at … http://thomrainer.com/2014/09/02/12-findings-church-health-surveys/

HUBRIS & 10 Ways to Recognize Our Arrogance #ChuckLawless

by Chuck Lawless, 6/14/14

I’m writing this post for me as much as for anyone. In the past months, I’ve re-read Jim Collins’ How the Mighty Fall and Tim Irwin’s Derailed. Both of these gripping studies review the process of decline in leaders and organizations, especially in leaders who perhaps once thought themselves invincible.

These studies challenge me because I know I’m prideful. I also know that “Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall” (Prov. 16:18, HCSB). With me, use these potential markers of arrogance to avoid such a fall.

Marker #1: You believe few people are as smart as you are.

Marker #2: Your first reaction to negative is to be defensive or to cast blame on others.

Marker #3: Titles matter to you.

Marker #4: You assume your organization cannot fail.

Marker #5: Not knowing “insider information” bothers you.

Marker #6: You are disconnected from your team members.

Marker #7: Spiritual disciplines are secondary, if not non-existent, in your life.

Marker #8: No one has permission to speak truth into your life.

Marker #9: Other people see you as arrogant.

Marker #10: This post bothers you . . . or doesn’t bother you.

My own arrogance haunts me as I write these words. Please pray for me.