Building a Healthy Church Part 3: Healthy “People-Oriented” Churches

drby Allen Ratta (@allenratta)

Each area of church health requires a specific kind of leader and leadership strategy. It takes a balanced leadership team to make a fully healthy church. No one person contains all of the dynamics required to make a healthy church. The health of a church depends upon the senior leader grasping the big picture and building a leadership team to accommodate all the nuances inherent in the family of God.

The “People-Oriented” church, as we see in the matrix below, is as critical an area of church health as we saw in our last post when we examined the “Mission-Oriented” church. The thing to note is that they are equally important but radically different.

healthy church chart

We learn the internal characteristics of a “People-Oriented” Church from John 13:35: “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

• Service is defined in terms of caring
• Personality tends to be extroverted (to outside needs) and introverted (to closed friendship circles).
• Success is defined in terms of the quality of relationships
• Ministry Style: tends to be about being Inclusive
• The pastor serves two primary roles: Counselor and Unconditional Lover of People

Focused inward, this type of church is a “Loving Community,” It pays attention to the needs of people and relationships are primary. This is good! However, this type of church can become too inward-focused.

Has your church been people-oriented? What downsides have you seen to an out-of-balance “people” focus?