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Healthy Churches

What is a “healthy church“?

LoveServes has a vision to develop Healthy Churches in all nations, equipping God’s people to make disciples, who make disciples. (Matthew 28:19a…make disciples of all nations).

Christian Schawarz, the founder of the Institute for Natural Church Development, spent years researching over 1,000 churches in 32 different countries to study church growth. Through this research, Schawarz was able to summarize eight core characteristics of a healthy church that are internationally recognized as accurate indicators, regardless of where the church may be on the planet.

Circle of life

Eight core characteristics of a healthy church

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Point one

Indicators of a healthy church

The leaders are committed, body and soul, to the spiritual growth of the church and to empowering others to lead according to their gifts.

Point Two

Believers are using their spiritual gifts to serve others, thereby building up the Kingdom of God.

Point Three

The majority of the members are living their faith with fervor and contagious enthusiasm.

Point Four

Church structures are evaluated on the basis of whether they contribute to quality growth of God’s Kingdom.

Point Five

Services are a highlight of the week for most of the congregation and inspire action throughout the week.

Point Six

Authentic love and healing power can be experienced where individual Christians find intimate community, practical help and intensive spiritual interaction.

Point Seven

Christians, according to their gifts, help fulfill the Great Commission through sharing the Gospel while meeting needs of those who are without Christ.

Point Eight

The love of Christ pervades almost all individuals and the activities of the church.

Walking alongside Pastors mentoring and coaching them.

LoveServes International exists to walk alongside Pastors mentoring and coaching them, to develop a healthy Church that equips its members to love God and love their neighbor. Equipping God’s people for works of service for the building up of the kingdom of Christ. (Eph. 4:12). The focus is on the workers being prepared and sent; the workers are church members, who learn what it means to love their neighbors in practical ways. The pastors equip their church members to move from the seat to the streets – from inward self-focused growth to an outward focus of loving their neighbors and reaching lost people in their community. A healthy church that is outwardly focused – loving their neighbors by helping to meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs – takes ownership of a holistic vision for relief and development of the community. The healthy church becomes the catalyst for change. Church members equipped with a holistic vision for their community respond by ministering to those around them, which awakens those in the community who are spiritually dead to see and receive the love of Christ and the opportunity to accept the Gospel. This is the fruit of a healthy church.

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