Brain Power: What Makes a Healthy Church? Part 5


A church that eats well, exercises regularly and breathes deeply will have a clear mind.  Whereas an unhealthy mind is idle, selfish and ignorant of Jesus (Colossians 2:18), a healthy mind of a church is sharp, alert and knows God well (Jeremiah 32:33).  Believers in healthy churches tend, therefore, to engage the world from God’s point of view; not God from the world’s point of view (2 Corinthians 5:16-17).  In fact, those who are untransformed by God have their minds on earthly things and as a result are labeled enemies of God.  The mind of the healthy church, in contrast, is eagerly focused on Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:19-20).  Followers of God fix their minds on the greatest command given to his church: to love God with all of our heart and soul and strength (Deuteronomy 11:18).  God’s commands are placed in the minds of God’s people (Hebrews 8:10).  The community of a local church is being transformed by God to discern and act upon God’s desires (Romans 12:2).  A healthy church consists of followers who are learning to think like Jesus (Philippians 2:1-11).  Jesus followers are on a mission that intentionally emulates the mind of God (Colossians 3:2, Philippians 4:8).  If God wills it, the healthy church does it.  As Jesus commands, so the healthy church obeys (Matthew 28:19-20).

This is the fifth part of a series of posts exploring the essential elements that must exist in order for a church to be considered healthy. This material stems from an assignment I completed for my most recent course at ACTS: "Developing a Healthy Church."

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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