7 Marks of a healthy church
From Robert Warren, The Healthy Churches’ Handbook.

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Mark 1 - A healthy church is energized by faith
Rather than just keeping things going or trying to survive
Worship and sacramental life: move people to experience God’s love - Motivation: energy comes from a desire to serve God and one another - Engages with Scripture: in creative ways that connect with life - Nurtures faith in Christ: helping people to grow in, and share, their faith *
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Mark 2: A healthy church has an outward-looking focus
With a ‘whole life’ rather than a ‘church life’ concern
Deeply rooted in the local community, working in partnership with other denominations, faiths, secular groups and networks - Passionate and prophetic about justice and peace, locally and globally - Makes connections between faith and daily living - Responds to human need by loving service *
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Mark 3: A healthy church seeks to find out what God wants
Discerning the Spirit’s leading rather than trying to please everyone
Vocation: seeks to explore what God wants it to be and do - Vision: develops and communicates a shared sense of where it is going - Mission priorities: consciously sets both immediate and long term goals - Able to call for, and make, sacrifices, personal and corporate, in bringing about its goals and living out the faith *
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Mark 4: A healthy church faces the cost of change and growth
Rather than resisting change and fearing failure
While embracing the past, it dares to take on new ways of doing things - Takes risks: admits when things are not working and learns from experience - Crises: responds creatively to challenges that face the church and community - Positive experiences of change, however small, are affirmed and built on *
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Mark 5: A healthy church operates as a community
Rather than functioning as a club or religious organization
Relationships: are nurtured, often in small groups, so that people are accepted and are helped to grow in faith and service - Leadership: lay and ordained work as a team to develop locally appropriate expressions of all seven marks of a healthy church - Lay ministry: the different gifts, experiences and faith journeys of all are valued and given expression in and beyond the life of the church *
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Mark 6: A healthy church makes room for all
Being inclusive rather than exclusive
Welcome: works to include newcomers into the life of the church - Children and young people: are helped to belong, contribute and be nurtured in their faith - Enquirers: are encouraged to explore and experience faith in Christ - Diversities: different social and ethnic backgrounds, mental and physical abilities, and ages, are seen as a strength *
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Mark 7: A healthy church does a few things and does them well
It is focused rather than frenetic
Does the basics well: especially public worship, pastoral care, stewardship and administration - Occasional offices: make sense of life and communicate faith - Being good news as a church in its attitudes and ways of working - Enjoys what it does and is relaxed about what is not being done *
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