The Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren

0400 hours 2nd of November 2016.

4. The Foundation for a Healthy Church

If you want to build a healthy, strong, and growing church you must spend time laying a solid foundation. This is done by clarifying in the minds of everyone involved exactly why the church exists and what it is supposed to do. If it is short enough for everyone to remember, your statement of purpose will yield five wonderful benefits for your church.

A CLEAR PURPOSE BUILDS A STRONG MORALE

Morale and mission always go together. 1 Cor 1:10 (LB) says, “Let there be real harmony so that there won’t be splits in the church…. Be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”  Notice Paul says that the key to harmony in the church is to be united in purpose. If your mission is unclear, your morale will be low.

…People working together for a great purpose don’t have time to argue over trivial issues. When you’re helping row the boat, you don’t have time to rock it!

Pr 29:18 (KJV) says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” I believe it is also true that where there is no vision, people leave for another parish! Many churches are barely surviving because they have no vision….A church without a purpose and mission eventually becomes a museum piece of yesterday’s traditions.

Nothing discourages a church more than not knowing why it exists.

A CLEAR PURPOSE REDUCES FRUSTRATION

Isaiah 26:3 (TEV) says that God “give[s] perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in [him].” A Clear purpose not only defines what we do but also what we do not do. The good news is that God doesn’t expect you to do everything. The filter must always be: Does this activity fulfill one of the purposes for which God established this church? If the activity meets that criterion, you must consider it.

Without a purpose statement, it is easy to be frustrated by all the distractions around us. May be you’ve felt the way Isaiah did: “I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing” (Isa 49:9). Trying to lead a church without a clearly defined purpose is like trying to drive a car in the fog. If you can’t see clearly where you’re headed, you are likely to crash.

 

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