FIVE PURPOSES A GREAT COMMITMENT TO THE GREAT COMMANDMENT AND THE GREAT COMMISSION WILL GROW A GREAT CHURCH. LOVE GOD // WORSHIP Healthy churches grow stronger through worship. We were planned for God’s pleasure. It isn’t just what we do on Sunday that God considers to be worship, so healthy churches help people worship God through every area of their lives, every day of the week. [Psalm 34:3, 122:1] CONNECT WITH OTHERS // FELLOWSHIP Healthy churches grow warmer through fellowship. There is a heavy emphasis on relationships in purpose driven churches. A church gathers on the weekend to celebrate and set the stage for guests, but then scatters all week long in small groups where biblical community takes place. [Ephesians 2:19] SERVE PEOPLE // MINISTRY Healthy churches grow broader through ministry. We are saved to serve each other, so God has given every believer a unique shape—a mixture of spiritual gifts, passions, abilities, personality, and experiences—to serve God by serving others. Every member is a minister on mission in a purpose driven church. [Ephesians 4:12] GROW SPIRITUALLY // DISCIPLESHIP Healthy churches grow deeper through discipleship. We were created to become like Christ, and the local church is God’s instrument of choice to establish a process through which Jesus’ followers can grow spiritually. Growing churches are filled with growing believers. [Ephesians 4:12-13] GO IMPACT // EVANGELISM (HERE. NEAR. FAR.) Healthy churches grow larger through evangelism. That is, they put their focus on reaching the next unreached person in their community; they think beyond their immediate community to the entire world. Growing churches are churches that join Jesus on mission to seek and to save the lost. [Acts 1:8, 20:24] QUESTIONS?