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The Church's Purpose

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Sermon 2 of "Growing Healthy Churches" - Doug Preston

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The Church's Purpose

  1. 1. Growing Healthy Churches The Churches’ Mission 1. Energised by Faith 2.Outward looking Focus The Churches’ Purpose 3. Seeks to find out what God wants 4. Faces the cost of change & growth The Church as Community 5. Operates as a Community 6. Makes room for all
  2. 2. 3. Seeks to find out what God wants Discerning the Spirit’s leading rather than trying to please everyone •Vocation: seeks to explore what God wants us to be and do •Vision: develops and communicates a shared sense of where we are going •Mission priorities: consciously sets immediate and long term goals •Able to call for and make sacrifices, perhaps individual and corporate, in bringing about the above and living out faith
  3. 3. 4. Faces the cost of change & Growth Rather than resisting change & fearing failure •While embracing the past, it dares to take on new ways of doing things •Takes risks; admits when things are not working, and learns from experience. •Crises: Responds creatively to challenges that face the church and community. •Positive experiences of change however small are affirmed and built on.

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