Will you help me with this one?
What does a healthy church look like? I am thinking about this as I read Anne Jackson’s book Mad Church Disease: Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic. (I have just started the book. Will say more later.) For now, I would like to ask you to think about some of the characteristics of a healthy church.
I enjoy talking to people who are a part of a healthy church. I love to hear the way these people talk about their church. Often they will focus on how Jesus is changing lives through that church. Or, they might talk about the authenticity they see in their church. Even when these communities experience difficulties, they have a very healthy way of dealing with them.
On the other hand there are some churches that appear almost toxic. People in these churches seem demoralized and discouraged. Quite often, they participate in discouraging and even destroying people, including their leaders.
Have you experienced being a part of a healthy church? Have you ever been in an unhealthy church? What was the difference?
What are the characteristics that make one church healthy while another church remains unhealthy or even toxic?