A healthy church has an apostolic culture that creates a reforming mindset. This leads to a mentality that seeks to impact and influence society.
This post is part of a series looking at the five essential components of spiritually healthy churches. The posts are:
What is a Reforming Mindset?
A mentality that looks to influence and transform the world we are in – locally, regionally and globally – with the values of the Kingdom of God. It is apostolic thinking resulting in apostolic culture – an understanding that the church is sent as missionaries to peoples or a place to bring heaven’s impact through word and deed. Reformation, by definition, is change and transformation for the better of all.
Why is a Reforming Mindset important?
Apostolic culture leads to positive social impact and favour locally, across many sectors of society, leading to people and communities being benefitted and transformed.
What does a healthy Reforming Mindset bring to a church?
- A Reforming Mindset anchors the prophetic into the practical, preventing it from turning Gnostic, super-spiritual or heavenly-minded without earthly impact.
- A Reforming Mindset ensures new converts are not just saved, but recruited into the cause of God’s mission.
- A Reforming Mindset prevents the church from becoming a needs-centred infirmary by keeping the focus forwards, not inwards.
- A Reforming Mindset ensures teaching isn’t just theoretical, academic or intellectual only, but has the purpose of practical equipping for the mission.
What happens if a Reforming Mindset is lacking?
Without a healthy apostolic culture, the church becomes detached from and irrelevant to the people or place it should serve. It risks becoming self-serving, making decisions primarily for the benefit of its own people and not the people it is called to reach. This risks increased church politics and battles for power.
Additional manifestations of unhealthy apostolic culture are apostolic imbalance, where churches focus on one aspect of apostolic ministry without embracing all of it. This can look like churches being strong in one or maybe two apostolic outcomes whilst lacking in others. For example:
- Churches developing strong passions and works in social justice causes, but failing to minister in the power of God or equip and commission individuals practically.
- Churches focusing on the supernatural aspects of kingdom demonstration, whilst overlooking the need to develop individuals or make a difference in the community they are called.
- Churches excelling at training and supporting people but neglecting to serve the community or demonstrate the power of God practically.
What helps develop a Reforming Mindset?
- All members actively aware and equipped to be ministers into their community.
- A belief that there is no secular/sacred divide, meaning paid ministry positions are not the pinnacle of activity or more valued than working outside the church.
- Ministry to the poor/social justice ministries – as per Galatians 2:10.
- Understanding that the Kingdom of God is not just works, but power.
- Serving local needs practically and financially.
- Constructive Kingdom engagement and influence into seven sectors of society – Family, Education, Business, Government, Arts/Entertainment, Science/Tech, and Media.
- The influence of at least one fivefold apostle
How healthy is the Reforming Mindset of your church?
Is it reforming, as in, focused on bringing positive and beneficial influence and change to society at large?
Is it a mindset, as in, part of the primary thinking in the church to keep activity and energy fresh and focused?
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