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Health Check

A Healthy Church

“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are my God and Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long”
Psalm 25 v4-5

It is easy, especially for a church, to do the same thing year in and year out on the basis of that’s the way it has always been done. This may be right, but can equally be very wrong – how can we know?

Well, St Peter’s Church, Fremington has embarked on quite a thorough health check. The process is based on research carried out across the country; this has identified seven characteristics: Healthy churches...
...are energised by faith
...are outward looking
...seek to find out what God wants
...face the cost of change and growth
...operate as a community
...make room for all
...do a few things and do them well

Initial results are in and while we are still to consult other parts of the church and community want to share what we have so far found.

Graph
The graph shows the percentage score we gave ourselves for each of the marks of a healthy church. There was agreement that we are good doing a few things well, rather than trying to do everyting (being focussed rather than frenetic). People also agreed that we do quite well at functioning as a community, rather than a hierachy or an institution.

There are two related areas where we felt there was room for improvement. we need to get better at actively seeking what it is the Lord is calling us to do and to be, and we need to become more open to change and doing things differently. We intend to addres these issues over coming months.

The results show that St Peter's church certainly isn't perfect! But there are many people who do appreciate our ministry, whether as regular members or occasional visitors. Our aim is to be the church that we can be, and to keep shining out the light of God's love at the heart of our community.

While initial results are available, we continue to ask that you take some time to let us know either by attending one of our meetings, or simply calling or dropping us an email / letter.

 

TEACHING PROGRAMME
Oct-Dec 2016

02-Oct (Trinity 19)
Deeds Without Love

09-Oct (Trinity 20)
Suffering Without Compromise

16-Oct (Trinity 21)
Persistence Without Purity

23-Oct (Trinity 22)
Service Without Sanctification

30-Oct (Trinity 23)
Reputation Without Reality

06-Nov (Trinity 24)
Weakness Without Cowardice

13-Nov (Trinity 25)
Greater Love Has No Man…

20-Nov (Trinity 26)
Discipleship Without Discipline

27-Nov (Advent 1)
Get Ready…

04-Dec (Advent 2)
Bible Sunday

11-Dec (Advent 3)
The Word who creates

18-Dec (Advent 4)
The Light who divides

24-Dec (Xmas Eve)
The Christmas Story

24-Dec (Midnight Mass)
Good News of Great Joy

25-Dec (Xmas Day)
The God who reveals

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A Healthy Church

“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are my God and Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long”
Psalm 25 v4-5

It is easy, especially for a church, to do the same thing year in and year out on the basis of that’s the way it has always been done. This may be right, but can equally be very wrong – how can we know?

Well, St Peter’s Church, Fremington has embarked on quite a thorough health check. The process is based on research carried out across the country; this has identified seven characteristics: Healthy churches...
...are energised by faith
...are outward looking
...seek to find out what God wants
...face the cost of change and growth
...operate as a community
...make room for all
...do a few things and do them well

Initial results are in and while we are still to consult other parts of the church and community want to share what we have so far found.

Graph
The graph shows the percentage score we gave ourselves for each of the marks of a healthy church. There was agreement that we are good doing a few things well, rather than trying to do everyting (being focussed rather than frenetic). People also agreed that we do quite well at functioning as a community, rather than a hierachy or an institution.

There are two related areas where we felt there was room for improvement. we need to get better at actively seeking what it is the Lord is calling us to do and to be, and we need to become more open to change and doing things differently. We intend to addres these issues over coming months.

The results show that St Peter's church certainly isn't perfect! But there are many people who do appreciate our ministry, whether as regular members or occasional visitors. Our aim is to be the church that we can be, and to keep shining out the light of God's love at the heart of our community.

While initial results are available, we continue to ask that you take some time to let us know either by attending one of our meetings, or simply calling or dropping us an email / letter.

Blessings to all our readers!