Healthy congregations

Congregations are organic. They experience seasons. They grow, they flourish. Some of them even die.

Sometimes congregations become symptomatic. Most important is that illnesses not be ignored, but diagnosed, and treated accordingly. You don’t amputate for a scratch; you don’t put a Band-aid on a broken leg.

A healthy church is like a healthy body – able to fight illness. When the physical body ceases to fight intruders, it succumbs. This is true of congregations also. Most people don’t die from the common cold, or even an amputation. The Lord’s body can absorb a lot of wounds and recover.

The healthy church grows in the grace and knowledge of Christ (2 Pet. 3:18), and fights evil as an army of soldiers (Eph. 6:10-18).

Keep growing. Keep fighting.

—Rick Kelley, Prestonsburg KY church bulletin