Doctors tell us that we should get a yearly physical to check the condition of our bodies. One of the goals of the doctor when we get a yearly physical is check the systems of our body. Our breathing or respiratory system is checked. Our blood pressure is checked to check our circulatory system. Our stomach might be listened to check how our digestive system is doing. Our bodies are made up of a vast amount of systems that work together to produce a healthy body. When one of these systems is malfunctioning or not working to capacity the whole body suffers and the body becomes unhealthy.
The local church is also made up of a bunch of systems. It is interesting that one of the main metaphors for the church in the New Testament is that of the body. The church is the body of Christ. As our human bodies need system check ups so too does the body of Christ, the local church.
What are some of the systems of the body of Christ? It varies depending on who you ask but they might include…
- Evangelism System- the vision and strategy and process for how the local church reaches out to those not yet a part of the body of Christ.
- Assimilation System- the vision and strategy and process for how the local church welcomes, greets, and follows up with guests to their church.
- Discipleship System- the vision and strategy and process for how the local church helps persons develop a relationship with Christ that manifests in Christian maturity and service to Christ is the world.
- Worship System- the vision and strategy and process for how the local church plans, executes and evaluates its various worship experiences.
Those are just a few examples of some of the systems in the church. Other systems might include the Leadership Development System, Missional Living System, Strategy System and more.
Whatever you call the systems it is important to recognize that the local church is made up of these systems and it takes all of them running at optimal performance to produce a healthy body (i.e. a vital congregation). It stands to reason then that local churches should evaluate their systems on a regular basis and be intentional about nurturing healthy systems.
At ChurchIngenuity.Com we offer a system check up for local churches. This is a one or two day consultation to help the local church identify, diagnose and treat systems in the local church to ensure healthy functioning of the body of Christ. Contact us today to schedule your church check up.