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The Beginning of Church Consulting: Diagnostic Questions

A church consultation is sometimes like a medical physical—we know we need it, but we don’t like being poked and prodded. Nevertheless, a good consultation prods with some important questions. more

Is the Church’s Teaching Based on the Bible?

The church is the body of Christ, the people of God living out their faith in a local context. We are God’s chosen vessel to proclaim and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to an unbelieving world. Only through reading and applying God’s Word can we truly understand who we are to be and how we are to live; thus, the church must be built on a solidly biblical foundation. more

Is the Church a Praying Church?

Prayer is the means by which we get the power to grow a God-honoring church, and most church leaders are well aware of this truth. The problem, though, is this: most churches pray reactively rather than proactively. That is, they respond in prayer when a need develops, but they seldom take charge in prayer by seeking God’s face before a problem develops. more

Is the Church Driven by a Great Commission Focus?

Clearly, preaching the gospel and making disciples of all people groups around the world mattered to Jesus—and so these tasks must concern churches today. more

Is the Church Reaching Non-Believers?

Church growth proponents typically speak of three different sources of church growth. The first, “transfer growth,” is simply churches transferring members—probably better known as “swapping sheep.” A church may get larger through transfer growth, but the kingdom of God is no richer. more

Is the Church Keeping New Believers Who Join?

Given the fact that many churches have membership numbers that far exceed their actual attendance numbers, this question is an important one. The healthy church understands and addresses the many reasons that new believers—excited and zealous on their conversion—seemingly disappear not long after they join the church. more

Is the Church Both Locally and Globally Minded?

Fulfilling both of these callings is never easy. In some cases, churches focus solely on their local community, as if the world beyond their immediate environment does not matter. After all, “missionaries are called to do that work.” In other cases, churches emphasize international missions so much that local needs go unmet. more

Does the Church Have a Strategic Plan for Future Growth?

In the same way, most churches would not be prepared for significant growth if God were to grant it. What would the church do if God sent a genuine awakening? Does the church have a vision around which their plans—including facility, staffing, and programming—are developed? more

Are the Church’s Leaders Committed to the Ministry of the Church?

Our church growth studies at the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth have consistently shown that the most effective growing churches are led by pastors with a long tenure. Pastors who “stick with” a church through good times and rough times gain a level of credibility and respect that allows them to challenge the church to take risks necessary for growth. more

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