In the last post on our December book of the month I shared a list of 10 characteristics of Unitarian Universalism author Michael Durall identifies as limiting our growth. These ten reminded me of another list but I couldn’t place it until now.
In the book Natural Church Development Christian A. Schwarz identifies “Eight Essential Qualities of Healthy Churches.”
- Empowering leadership
- Gift-oriented ministry
- Passionate spirituality
- Functional structures
- Inspiring worship service
- Holistic small groups
- Need-oriented evangelism
- Loving relationships
At first I was thinking it would be useful to take Durall’s 10 growth inhibiting characteristics of Unitarian Universalism and envision what the opposite might be. Instead I offer this list “essential qualities” from the Natural Church Development. To me this drives home the point that there are some perennial issues churches deal with. We can Poo-Poo UUism all we want, but some of it is just the challenges of leading the church.
Next post I’ll share some thoughts on this list of eight qualities.
How does this list strike you? Anything surprising?