Knowing what makes for a healthy church is key to keeping or making one that way. Although every church looks different, all of them function in largely similar ways and all share similar characteristics when they are healthy. God’s presence is one of the biggest things people notice in healthy churches. When people are involved in a church’s ministry and daily life, they can see the church actively following the direction of God and seeking to uphold his word. Similarly, healthy churches often gather regularly to worship God and the nature of the worship often engages each individual’s heart, mind, and soul.
Beyond the general environment and feel of the church, healthy churches also commonly have multiple elders or leaders. This helps the church stay balanced and ensures that church leaders do not become over-burdened or attempt to do too much on their own. Having multiple leaders also prevents any church members from being skipped over, allowing the congregation as a whole to stay happier and more connected to the Lord. Further, when church pastors are healthy, they are faithful to the church and to spreading the word of God and therefore less likely to display greed or laziness when it comes to teaching the gospel.