GAINING MOMENTUM THROUGH LIFE TRANSFORMATION
1 of 6 Proofs of a Healthy Church
Everyone likes to see progress. It is exhilarating when your child takes their first step, you buy
your first home, or your dreams become reality. That kind of progress is call momentum.
Momentum happens when you can measure movement toward a desired goal. Gaining
momentum in ministry is no different. The goal for any church should be to express the
greatness of God to a world that desperately needs Him. Last week we introduced the 6 Proofs
of Healthy Church. For a church to gain momentum it is vitally important these proofs become
the growth plan. Today we will delve into one of them.
Life Transformation (Romans 12:1)
Life transformation comes from being renewed. For a church to become healthy it must start
with you. Your life transformation will ooze or be caught by the church. Dallas Willard said, “
Spiritual formation, in the tradition of Jesus Christ, is a process of transformation. It happens
when the inmost dimension of the human being (the heart, spirit or will) are transformed by
Christ. Then the natural expressions of life become prompted and powered by Christ.”
How is your life transformation changing your Church?
As you answer that question it’s important to recognize that your life transformation directly
impacts your church. When a relationship with God becomes the focus, the byproduct is
Christlikeness. Here are a few of the major characteristics that are evident in a life transformed
through relationship with Christ.
In relation to Christian leadership these results become even more important. Carl Anderson
pastor’s Real Life Church in Albuquerque NM, a dynamically healthy Church. Real Life is focused
on sharing the truth that real life is found in Jesus. They do this by showing the love of Christ in
ways that bless their community, honor their King, and lead his children back to Him. Real Life
Church is successful because life transformation is lived and taught by the leadership. Here are
how these byproducts are evident in Carl.
His personal relationship with God is the catalyst that draws him to surrender to God. This gives
God permission to transform him into the best dad, pastor, friend, and leader God can design.
A Spiritually Healthy Family
He intentionally takes time off each week to disciple and “hang out” with his family. He would
hate himself if he had a thriving ministry and a declining family life. Ministry to his family
What he needs to do and what is due are constantly on his mind. He spends time every week
prayerfully mapping out the best path to accomplish what God has put before him. He usually
plans 12-18 months out on sermons. This allows him to approach each week with a balance that
comes from intentional and prayerful time management.
Confession of Sin
Confession is a regular part of his relationship with God. To become everything that God has
designed him to be he must constantly wage war with sin. This requires him to be honest and
open with God about his struggles. He trusts that God’s word tells him that his sin is dead in
A Vibrant Prayer Life
The demands on a Church Planter are very high. Having a team of great ministry leaders, a
family that is supportive, and other pastors walking with him helps, but putting God first
through prayer makes the difference.
A Life that Emulates the Beatitudes
The more he serves his family, friends, and the Church the more he realizes he cannot do it, but
God can. He desires for others to see God through the good he does. He wants nothing more
than to fade into the background so God will be glorified.
Evidence of the Fruit of the Spirit
He longs to see the Fruit of the Spirit evident in his life. He wants to be a direct representation of
the Spirit of God. This would ensure Jesus is what people are drawn to.
The Word of God forming your Worldview
He works hard to spend at least 2 hours a day in the Word. This allows God to shape his
thoughts, sermons, and the way he interacts with others. A worldview that is shaped by
scripture gives him the ability to see the world through the lens of the Holy Spirit.
Carl’s life transformation is not unique. The intentionality that marks his transformative
relationship with God can be a reality for anyone. The key is making a relationship with God the
priority. Ask yourselves these questions to continue to challenge yourself to go deeper, grow
stronger, and continue to work out your salvation.
1. How does your personal worship draw you closer to God?
2. How is your faith influencing your family’s spiritually health?
3. How does your management of time promote spiritual growth for you and your loved ones?
4. How does confession of sin play out in your relationship with God?
5. How does prayer shape your daily life?
6. How does your life emulate the Beatitudes?
7. How do you daily express the Fruit of the Spirit?
8. How does the Bible form your Worldview?
When Jesus met the women at the well, (John 4) her life was changed and a healthy church was
formed. Let’s look at the proof. The woman at the well was a new believer as she walked away.
She was healthy because of Jesus. She had a transformed life, she cast vision to the community,
she and Jesus began to disciple and equip the new believers, the gospel ministry was being
multiplied, the message of Jesus was contextualized for her people group, and there was a
logistical plan by Jesus and the women to reach into her circle of influence to impact lostness.
Can you find a clear pattern of health like this in your church?
What may God be asking you to do to prepare your church for health?