7 Critical Questions for Assessing the Mission of the Church
I like to ask evaluative questions to church leaders. I work with many churches that need revitalization. Certainly, after the last two years, these will be most of the churches that were planted before the pandemic. The days ahead will likely be different for churches that continue to grow. So recently a church leader asked me an excellent question. He said: “Ron, what are some questions we can ask ourselves in this season to see if we are in the right position to move forward (in a healthy way) in our church mission?”
So I started compiling a list of questions to measure the mission of the church. This is certainly not an exhaustive list. Feel free to share some of yours with me in the comments.
Church Mission Assessment Questions
1. What systems, processes or traditions does the church care about more than the people you are trying to reach?
(Now, to test this, pick the ones you know you need to change and see how people react.)
2. What is more important for the most committed people – really living our mission or trying to be comfortable?
(Watch to see what people complain about first and if it has a missionary purpose.)
3. If we could go back to “normal”, would it even work?
(You probably have data that can answer this one.)
4. What will the people we are trying to reach need before they even care what they think we are “selling”?
(Forgive my added market experience terminology here, but it forces you to think about people’s real needs. Jesus often met physical needs first.)
5. Are we “more attached to the mission than to the method”?
(Again, test it. To gauge – how does the church react when you change the method?
6. Do we value someone who logs in and is a disciple of the church if he never enters the doors of the church? What if they never contribute financially?
(That’s a tough question, so I’ll expand a bit. It’s timely and relevant that we discuss it. Would online be enough for us if we could show how it works without ever attending? And, if please understand, I believe in the biblical mandate of corporate worship.Yet some people will be more connected to our online church than people who previously only attended a few times a year were connected before Covid. do we think of that?)
7. If a person displayed only one of these elements, which would have the highest value – knowledge of theology or loving others by the fruit of the Spirit?
(Again, this gets to the heart of what we value as a church. Do we just want “smarter Christians” or do we want people who live differently among people in their neighborhood and place of work? How did Jesus say we would be known? Have our church members – even some of the most Bible-savvy – demonstrated these fruits during the pandemic?)
I realize that there are certain nuances to each of these questions about the mission of the church. Therefore, these are not meant to be cut and dry. You will need to adapt them to your context. They are meant to stimulate conversation.
If you think I can help you or your team, I would be happy to speak with you. You read more about my experience here: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronedmondson/
This article on the mission of the church originally appeared hereand is used with permission.