Thom Rainer speculates that the most important factors in determining a healthy church over the next 10 years will be an emphasis on outreach and stability. Pastors need to think long term and help the congregation invest in their community so that they can meet the needs around them and begin to reflect the diversity of their surrounding area.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
As pastors look ahead, Thom Rainer offers helpful steps any church can take to make their congregations more outward focused.
- Stability Matters:Church leaders can expect a quick turnaround in a few years. A healthy church takes a long term investment and faithfulness.
- Outreach Is Central: Churches that want to be healthy need to have an outward focus that takes into account the needs of the community.
- People Buy In:A healthy church that reaches out communicates the vision well and helps people see their role in outreach.
Which of these points from Thom Rainer resonate the most with you?
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