A healthy church has an apostolic culture that creates a reforming mindset. This leads to a mentality that seeks to impact and influence society.
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.
Why is a Reforming Mindset important?
Apostolic culture leads to positive social impact and favour locally, across many sectors of society, leading to communities being 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 or super-spiritual.
- A Reforming Mindset ensures new converts are not just saved, but brought into a cause.
- A Reforming Mindset prevents the church from becoming a needs-centred infirmary by keeping the focus forwards, not inwards.
- A Reforming Mindset ensures teaching has the purpose of practical equipping for the mission and isn’t just theoretical or academic.
What happens if a Reforming Mindset is lacking?
The church becomes detached from and irrelevant to the community it should serve, and becomes 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.
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 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.
- 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.
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? To discover the health of your Reforming Mindset, as well as the other keys to church health, contact me today.
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