How do I find a healthy church?

Last updated on: Jan 07, 2023

Here is a seven-question checklist to determine whether a church you are visiting is a healthy church:

  1. Does this church preach the true, biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ?
  2. Does this church place the Lord Jesus Christ at the center of everything (worship, ministry?)
  3. Is the Bible the ultimate authority in all matters (The Sufficiency of Scripture; 2 Timothy 3:16-17) pertaining to faith and it’s practice?
  4. Does the pastor or preacher attempt to do biblical exposition (preaching the message of the biblical text) or is he simply speaking from his own opinions or passions?
  5. Is the church elder led? Or if not, is the pastoral leadership qualified according to Scripture (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1)? Ideally, we recommend that you go to a church with multiple, biblically qualified elders.
  6. Does the church practice biblical church discipline (Matthew 18; 1 Corinthians 5) and membership beginning with believers baptism?
  7. Is the church age-integrated or substantially so? Or, are the youth and children intentionally segregated from their parents and the opportunity to worship and be discipled together as a family (Deuteronomy 6:2-9, Deuteronomy 29:10-13Deuteronomy 31:11-13; Joshua 8:35; Ephesians 6:1-4)?

We do not believe that age integration is the most important matter for church life.

We believe the greatest priorities in finding a church home, is that it be a God-glorifying, Christ-exalting, Spirit- filled and Gospel-centered church that would preferably be age-integrated.

But, above all, don’t be disconnected from a local church. The church is the “the body of Christ,” and it is so important that you and your family make a local church a huge priority in your life.