10 Signs You Belong To A Great Church

No church is perfect, but there are some biblical blueprints that dictate whether or not a church is fulfilling its God-given mission as the bride of Christ. The reason a church cannot be perfect is because we as humans are flawed. Inevitably, the second any one of us step inside a church building, we in fact have contaminated the idea of perfection. Regardless of the human imperfections, here are 10 signs you belong to a great church.

1. Sound doctrine.

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.”—2 Timothy 4:3

2. A strive for relevance.

 “To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.”—2 Corinthians 21-23

3. Christ-centered worship.

“For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.”—Philippians 3:3

4. Passionate about discipleship.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”—Matthew 28:19

5. A heart for the nations.

“And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.”—Mark 13:10

6. Pours into the next-generation.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”—Proverbs 22:6

7. Offers small-groups/life-groups.

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”—Proverbs 27:17

8. Thriving community.

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”—Acts 2:42

9. Transparency (nobody is perfect).

“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.”—Proverbs 11:3

10. Forgiveness

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”—Colossians 3:14

Although there are plenty of other attributes that can make a great church, I’m privileged to be part of one who who I believe lives up to the ten I previously mentioned.

—Jarrid Wilson


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Published by Jarrid Wilson

Husband, Father, Pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship & Author of a few books.

17 comments on “10 Signs You Belong To A Great Church”

  1. Relevance is a word that has totally lost its “relevance”, mainly because it has become synonymous with compromise and progressive theology. The verse chosen is good, because it shows Paul’s intense desire to engage in the culture, but I would suggest #2 be closer to something like “cultural impact” than “relevance”. Jesus never called us to be relevant. Just the opposite. Even Paul said that we are “to no longer be conformed to the world”, which means our relevance is only possible through faithful obedience to God’s word.

  2. This is very true because my Christ lacks much of this but these are all the things I long for in my church. However, the Holy Spirit has heard our prayers and things are slowly changing and the older generation is learning to give us the reigns. I’m excited for the things to come, where Church will be a place where I feel loved, excited, and where I can experience Jesus in a whole new way every week. This is a great guideline! I’m only 19 and I may not have much power but I will not stand in the sidelines. Thanks Pastor! Please pray for my congregation and our motivated Youth! God bless!

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