8 Model Values of a Healthy Christian Worker

  • What makes a church healthy is no doubt the state of health of the church workers and leaders. The state of a church is the state of the leaders who carry out God’s instructions in total obedience to Christ {Acts 6:1-7}.
  • According to a research from Schaeffer Institute of Leadership Development from 1998-2007; healthy churches have a deep love and gratitude to Christ and desire to equip and empower the people He brings them.
  • They seek to serve in humbleness and effectual faith. They value people and do not depend on their programs, rather on Christ; they allow Him to produce what He wants, when He wants.
  • They grow from the inside of their faithful journey before it is exercised outward. Inward faith is formed before outward faith is expressed.
  •  The average healthy church is where people feel good about God and others; they display personal, spiritual, and relational maturity and have hope and life in Christ, all because they are growing in the Word and Spirit.
  •  Gossip is absent and conflict is dealt with; spiritual growth is glorifying our Lord, and the Fruit of the Spirit is at hand.
  • The pastors and leaders model to the people a faith that endures as they look to Christ.

8 MODEL VALUES OF A HEALTHY CHURCH WORKER

We are going to discuss eight values a healthy church worker must always model both in private and public, in the church and outside the church.

  • VALUE THE BIBLE

The spiritual, emotional and even physical health of a church worker depends on the priority he/she places on the Word of God. The Bible should be the first and final centre of thought, operation and decision. A worker should embody and draw inspiration from the Bible at all times {2 Timothy 2:15}.

  • VALUE SOUL WINNING

A healthy church worker values lost souls with every form of burning passion to win them to Christ. Church must not be primarily inward looking. We have been commanded by the Lord to go, not to sit.

We are to be outward looking – searching for lost souls and winning them to Christ. Our main business is on the outside where sinners are. A healthy worker is always engaging in his/her Father’s business {Matthew 28:19-20}.

  • VALUE CONNECTION

A healthy church worker must learn to connect with neighbours and people in the immediate community without necessarily compromising his/her doctrinal values. We must become all things all men except by partaking in their sins {1 Corinthians 9:22, 2 Corinthians 8:9. The goal is to be in the world and not of it.

  • VALUE SPIRITUAL AUTHENTICITY

A healthy church worker must be real. He/she must be a Christ follower indeed. There should be no room for a double standard living. To be authentic is to be real about your sin. Spiritual authenticity also means progress in spiritual growth {Genesis 49:4, Matthew 5:37, Acts 5:1-11).

  • NUMBER FIVE: VALUE SERVICE GIFTS

A healthy worker steward his/her spiritual gifts by ministering where God has gifted them. But service gifts are only given to those with a servant’s heart and attitude {John 13:5, Romans 12:4-13}.

  • NUMBER SIX: VALUE LOVING RELATIONSHIPS

A healthy worker must do everything within his/her power to relate with church members lovingly, truthfully, compassionately and graciously.

The hard work of fostering healthy relationships must be done. A healthy worker must learn to first greet people with smile and respect. A healthy worker must not be part of gossipers and backbiters.

  • NUMBER SEVEN: VALUE EXCELLENCE 

A healthy worker must model excellence in every assignment and task. He/she must know that excellence honours God and inspires people. Mediocrity does not honour God, nor does it reflect His character. Excellence sends a message.

So, a healthy worker must be passionate about excellence by avoiding anything that will invalidate the message we are communicating to those around us about Christ.

  • VALUE A LIFE OF DEVOTION

A healthy worker is given to a life of devotion and does not allow anything to interrupt full devotion to Christ. He grows in prayer and study of the word per time. Not lukewarm or half-hearted, but committed to full devotion.