Christian Library Australia

...because God cares about you

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home Church Planting/Missional Evaluate Which Church You Are -Text

Evaluate Which Church You Are -Text

E-mail Print PDF

Evaluate Which Church You Are



 

Below is a outine of Scott Thomas' article on the 12 Marks of a Missional versus, Evangelical and Traditional Church

The Missional Church:

1. Sent by God as missionaries in their own culture (Mt. 4:19).

2. Exists to take Christ to the lost: Go to the world (Mt. 28:18-20).

3. Members are personally engaged in their communities (Acts 16:20 ; 17:6).

4. Submerged into its culture like Christ (Luke 7:34 ).

5. Main focus is training and equipping others to be missionaries (Eph. 4:11-16 ).

6. Dependent upon Holy Spirit to use individuals as agents for evangelizing (Acts 1:8 ).

7. Develops relationships with the lost on purpose (Matt. 5:13-16 ).

8. Relationships are the means to influence others in their journey toward Christ (John 1512-17 ; 1 John 4:19-21 ).

9. The goal is to help others find Jesus in their own way and timing (1 Cor. 9:20-23 ).

10. Participants are affected in every way through a calling by God to be an agent for the gospel (Acts 4:13 , 31-35).

11. Faith is practiced in community – groups of people together (Acts 2:42-45 ; Phil. 1:27 ).

12. Worship is unpredictable, spontaneous, Spirit-directed and messy (John 4:23-24 ).

The Evangelical Church:

1. Has a program of missions alongside numerous activities of the church.

2. Exists as a place for the lost to find Christ: Come to the Church.

3. Members are supportive of mission efforts.

4. Separated from its culture as a holy quest.

5. Main focus is supporting mission works – mainly overseas.

6. Dependent upon altar call and big events as its main tool for evangelization.

7. Knows a few lost people and prays for their salvation.

8. Uses marketing techniques & business principles to draw people to a corporate gathering.

9. The goal is to produce salvation results.

10. Participants conform to man-made standards through guilt and pressure. Change is through self-will, not Spirit.

11. Faith is practiced at the church building during prescribed gathering times.

12. Worship is structured, predictable and orderly.

The Institutional Church:

1. Sends money to missionaries in foreign countries if it is convenient.

2. Exists for the members of the church: Join the Church.

3. Members expect pastors to bring in the lost and unchurched.

4. Has become a sub-culture of Christians living in a parallel universe.

5. Main focus is supporting church activities to attract new families.

6. Dependent upon pastors and staff to evangelize the lost.

7. Stays away from the lost; has very few dealings with those outside the church.

8. Uses tradition, denomination and family ties to attract and keep members.

9. The goal is to increase attendance.

10. Participants compartmentalize their religion and their lives – generally facades of religious adherence.

11. Faith is a routine activity that is private and personal.

12. Worship is ritualistic.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 23 May 2011 09:43  

Follow us on Twitter