Obviously, God builds the church, but He uses people to build it. What kind of people does God use to build a great church? As a pastor, I have noticed some trends among church people who help move the church forward. The following is a list of characteristics of those type of people. Not everyone will have every quality, but it’s the combination of each of them in people that builds a great church.
Great church people:
1. Support the pastor and the church.
1 Corinthians 16:10‑11 When Timothy comes, treat him with respect. He is doing the Lord’s work, just as I am. Don’t let anyone despise him.
A pastor is always looking for someone he can feel is his friend. Great church people are that friend.
2. Are encouragers in the church.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
Great church people are a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. They look for ways to help, invite their friends and neighbors, and help without having their arms twisted.
3. Don’t think everything is about them!
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me.”
Did you know everything may not go your way? Great church people are willing to allow the best to be done for the church even when it goes against their own desires.
4. Think outside the walls of the church. They think external not internal.
Acts 1:8 But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me every where‑‑in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
If we are not careful, our churches could be hard to tell apart from a Country Club. Great church people think of those not yet in a church!
5. Maintain a friendly church.
2 John 6 Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.
Great church people make sure visitors never stand around long with no one to talk to. They are welcoming and friendly to everyone.
6. Believe and love God’s Word.
Joshua 1:8 Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed.
Great church people let the Bible guide them.
7. Grow in prayer.
Ephesians 6:18 Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.
Great church people pray more than worry.
8. Build on faith.
Hebrews 10:38 And a righteous person will live by faith.
Great church people are willing to walk by faith as God leads, even through the most challenging times.
9. Put God’s will first.
Mark 3:35 “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
Great church people put God’s will ahead of every other agenda.
10. Enjoy meeting with God regularly.
Amos 4:12 says, “Prepare to meet your God,”
Great church people look expectantly for opportunities to worship God and experience Him with other believers.
I’m so thankful to be in a church with so many who make this list easy to write.
What would you add to this list?