Jan 10, 2017 by Will Maule

5 Clear Signs You’re Part Of An Unhealthy Church

As Christians, we should be seeking to serve the Church with all our heart. It is the body of Christ. Jesus loves the Church, and we should too. That being said, the Church sometimes gets lost and is led away from the fundamentals that God wants us to establish in our faith communities. When this happens, it might be time to challenge the leaders, or even to leave. Marielle Thomas at Church Leaders shows us 5 key signs you're part of an unhealthy Church.

1. Leadership Does Not Have a Clear Vision.
"Proverbs 29:18 states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” A church whose leadership has not explained or formed a vision that states, “This is who we are, this is where we’re going, and this is how we’re going to get there,” is unhealthy in the highest form."

2. Leadership Can Never Be Challenged.
"If you are part of a church where leadership can never be questioned or challenged, run! I have witnessed this, and I can tell you this will not end very well. Please remember, church leaders are there to cast vision and to steer the church in the direction to which God is leading. Church leaders are not and should not be dictators. What I mean is this: Members should never fear asking a question against a proposed idea or direction from leadership in the church."

3. You Are Comfortable, but Never Convicted.
"If you are attending a church and you have:

a) never been convicted,

b) never been offended in your sin when the Gospel is preached or taught, hightail it out of there!"

4. Congregants Are Content With Being Pew Warmers.
"I can generally tell if a church’s culture is unhealthy if its congregants are content with being pew warmers. What is a pew warmer? A pew warmer is a person who does not get involved in their church; they only attend church on Sundays, and they are content in doing so. When a church is healthy, people are excited about lending their gifts to the upbuilding of their local church and the Body of Christ as a whole."

5. Outreach Is Never Planned or Preached.
"A church that never plans or even preaches outreach is unhealthy. When a church feels no need or desire to not only preach helping those outside of the four walls, but never does anything in its surrounding community, it speaks volumes. Outreach was and is the heart of Jesus. Having worship on Sundays is not church; it’s simply a meeting. The work that is done in the community to show God’s love is church. It is one thing to talk church, but it’s another thing to actually BE the church."

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