12 Characteristics of a Purpose Driven Church

1. Operates around a Purpose Driven Church Statement that describes the commitment to building a church around five New Testament purposes:

  • Fellowship
  • Discipleship
  • Worship
  • Ministry
  • Evangelism.

2. Use a Purpose Driven Church strategy to fulfill the purpose statement. Such a strategy brings people to Christ and into membership in His family, builds them up to maturity, equips them for ministry in the church, and sends them out on a life mission in the world in order to bring glory to God. The Purpose-Driven strategy based on two vital assumptions:

a) People grow best when you allow them to make gradual commitments.
b) You must ask for a commitment in specific ways, such as using covenants.

3. Organized around a Purpose Driven Church structure, which ensures balance and gives equal emphasis to all five New Testament purposes. The church should be team-based rather than hierarchical in structure. They should organize everything around Purpose-based teams, composed of lay leaders and staff, with each team responsible for a specific purpose and target group (such as the Community, the Crowd, the Congregation, the Committed, and the Core).

4. Organize programs by purpose. There should be at least one program for fulfilling each of the 5 purposes of the church and each of the corresponding constituencies.

Why are the five purposes of the church needed:

  • MinistryEvangelize the Community.
  • WorshipGather the Crowd for worship.
  • FellowshipCreate fellowship in the Congregation.
  • DiscipleshipDisciple the Committed.
  • MissionEquip the Core for service and outreach.

5. Staffed by purpose. Every purpose has its own champion. There are volunteers to lead and serve on each purpose-based team and full-time, paid positions as needed.

6. Preaches by purpose. They plan messages and series to ensure that the congregation receives a balanced emphasis on each of the purposes.

7. Forms small groups on purpose. The Purpose-Driven structure implanted in every cell or care group of the Body of Christ. Each small group helps members fulfill each of the five purposes in their lives. The goal is to help every believer live a Purpose-Driven life.

8. Calendars for purpose. The purposes are the determining factor in deciding which events scheduled. Every event must fulfill at least one of the five purposes or they do not approve it.

9. Budgets by purpose. The purpose it relates to categorizes every expenditure.

10. Builds by purpose. Your church building is a ministry tool, not a monument. They must serve the purposes and never become more important than the purposes.

11. Evaluates by purpose, regularly asking: Are we balancing all five purposes? Is there a better way to fulfill each purpose?

12. Build the church from the outside in, rather than from the inside out. Builds a healthy multi-dimensional ministry by focusing on one level of commitment at a time.

A Healthy Church

Healthy Purpose Driven churches have a clear 5-point focus that guides all their efforts.
If you want to hit a target, you need to aim the arrow towards it. Not just anywhere, but specifically at what you want to hit. The organizational part of a church works the same way. You can’t do things haphazardly and expect excellent results.

Why Am I Here For?

    • Purpose #1: You Were Planned for God’s Pleasure (Worship)
    • Purpose #2: You Were Formed for God’s Family (Fellowship)
    • Purpose #3: You Were Created to Become Like Christ (Discipleship)
    • Purpose #4: You Were Shaped for Serving God (Ministry – Service)
    • Purpose #5: You Were Made for a Mission (Evangelism – Outreach)

Five New Testament Purposes That Can Be Tracked In Church Growth Software

  • Worship – Welcome Cards, Attendance, Donations Module
  • Fellowship – People Information, Attendance, Ministry Module
  • Discipleship – Spiritual Milestones, Classes, and Events
  • Ministry – Ministry Module, S.H.A.P.E. (Watch video on S.H.A.P.E.)
  • Evangelism – Ministry Module and Events

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