John Alan Turner

Speaker, Author, Mentor, Coach, Facilitator

Let's Define Our Terms

The question I was asked is this: What would you say are the three most important factors determining whether a church thrives or struggles?

Here's how I answered:

This question is a little bit of a trap, and it belies some modernistic underpinnings. I'm guessing everyone reading this would agree that God is the primary factor in determining whether a church thrives or struggles. Beyond that, however God does call us to be good stewards of our resources, so from a purely human, systemic perspective, I'd offer the following three factors:

The way a church defines success.

The willingness to honestly measure success.

The ability to strategize for success.

What do you think of that answer? Did I leave anything out or miss something? I'm really enjoying all the interaction lately, so speak up!