Wanda's Blog & Teachings
Wanda's Blog & Teachings
By Wanda K. Harris | wandaharris.com
It's vital to identify and become involved in a healthy church. Thankfully, the Apostle Paul shares seven biblical descriptions of what a healthy church family looks like in Ephesians 4:1-16. They are as follows:
1. Must have leaders who are not only CALLED but who walk WORTHY of their calling.
VERSES 1-3, 11: “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace…and He (Jesus) Himself (personally) gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.”
Healthy churches have Pastors and Leaders that are passionate about God’s call on their lives. They are not only called – but required to walk worthy of the call by being humble, gentle, patient, bearing with one another in love, and making every effort to keep unity and peace by not allowing strife and division to grieve the Holy Spirit in the church body. Correction in love will be required at various times to keep the unity and peace in God’s church. Healthy leaders are a reflection of Christ’s leadership. It’s not a profession one can choose; it’s a divine calling chosen by Christ.
2. Must have members who serve.
VERSE 12: “For the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
Healthy churches have leaders who teach, equip, empower and release their members to do the work of the ministry – to be the hands and feet of Christ. They lead the members into discovering and using their God-given gifts and talents for His glory. They teach that every member is called as a minister to serve God in their church and community. Sometimes God will require His leaders to equip and release certain members to serve outside their community (example: missions and outreach in other cities, states, countries). Healthy churches have leaders willing to obey God with HIS members, even if it means there’s nothing in it for them.
3. Must be united.
VERSE 13A: “Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God…”
Unhealthy churches are divided. Healthy churches are united in their faith and knowledge of Jesus and His Gospel. Healthy churches share Christ's teachings and lead people into having a healthy relationship with God.
4. Must have growth measured by Christ-likeness.
VERSE 13B: “To a perfect (mature) man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;”
A healthy church has members who grow up (mature) into the fullness of Christ. How much we are like Christ is the measurement of our growth in Him. It’s not about building a big church in numbers, but about building a healthy church by building mature members. Healthy churches DISCIPLE their members.
5. Must have teaching that provides stability.
VERSE 14: “That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting.”
A healthy church teaches the word of God in depth, so the members are stable in their doctrine (the Bible). Stable members won’t be tricked by false teachers and be deceived by false teachings because they can quickly recognize right from wrong.
6. Must have truthful and loving relationships.
VERSE 15: “But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—.”
Healthy churches have truthful (honest) and loving relationships. People speak the truth in love because they care enough to hold each other accountable. Healthy members are not easily offended or prideful. They resist allowing their hurt feelings to hinder them from growing up in Christ. They push through without shifting blame or leaving the church because they are willing to receive truth, correction, and accountability in love. A healthy church doesn’t run from their problems or hurts, instead, they stick it out, communicate, and allow God to take them deeper in Him.
7. Must work together to be effective and encouraging.
VERSE 16: “From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
A healthy church works together and builds each other up (encourages). They are team players who want to see the church grow and be productive and fruitful. They embrace the vision of the church, are not afraid of change, and are adaptable because they understand that healthy leaders must be willing to make positive changes and adjustments as needed. They know that the only way their church can be fully active is through encouraging each other instead of tearing each other down. They also understand that every member is responsible for doing their share to avoid placing all the work on just a few people.
Blessings, Wanda K. Harris
❤ Thanks for following this Jesus loving woman whose life was powerfully transformed by God in the summer of 1997. Even though I wear many hats in life, I do my best to keep things simple and to enjoy life by helping others. I'm an Author, Minister, Career Woman, Wife, Mother, and Jamma to the most amazing family! My heart's desire is to help others overcome the pains and trials of life so they can joyfully finish the race God has set before them.