Several recent threads are pushing me - especially "Can you love Jesus yet hate the church" - since we're in the process of searching for our next church home. I'm sure that there are several facets that need examination - getting my ears tickled (even with solid Scriptural teaching) in a Sunday morning service may be important, but it is only one facet of the overall character of a congregation and its leadership. And inadequate for me to understand how a particular congregation could fit into our quest to be good disciples of Jesus.
The approach for the spiritual dimension that I'm considering is to start with the Sunday morning preaching/teaching service, then visit a Sunday School class or two, then interview a leader to get a handle on how the leadership intentionally leads the congregation to live out:
There also needs to be consideration of administrative dimensions- such as:
- the Great Command (love God with our whole being & our neighbor as ourselves),
- the Great Commission (making disciples - the whole process, not merely evangelization), and
- Jesus command (John 13:34) to love the brothers as He loves us.
What am I missing? What should I do differently?
- the decision-making process (and its openness to inputs from outside the core leadership),
- transparency (how finances & decisions are made and communicated),
- what leadership does to encourage congregants to move the "Sunday experience" out into every aspect of their lives.
thanks much/gene --