One of the hardest things in our walk of faith is finding a good church we can call home. Church hopping is becoming synonymous with many believers and no real relationships can be created from such moves; people need to find a place to settle so that they can build on relationship with God and other people.
I will not claim to have a checklist but drawing from the story of King Solomon and how he built the temple of the Lord can serve as a guide to what a good church really is. It’s really not about how magnificent the temple was at that time which we can relate today with the hype in churches or their financial standing, rather the things that happened in it.
So where do I start looking? It all begins with leadership, quality of leadership determines the depth of the church. Two things that we need to assess are:
- Heart of the Leader
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves-Lao Tzu. Inasmuch as the leader puts his all in terms of time and money, this should never get to his head; he recognizes that God is over everything. A good church attains a certain degree of success but the leader has to always keep a level head, constantly acknowledging God’s hand in their success and openly shunning praise. Such leaders in a sense are “ashamed” of their success and blush at the thought of how far the Lord has brought them. Watch out for the hype a pastor maybe giving his church or the sense of we deserve to be here in their speech, the fastest way into a man’s heart is through their mouth; out of the mouth flows the abundance of the heart.
Solomon had clearly achieved spectacular things by the time he completed the temple he had been assigned to build by the Lord. His wealth and wisdom was beyond anyone else’s on earth and the temple itself displayed how blessed he was with resources both monetary and relational as he networked with highly esteemed people. However despite his majesty, the first thing he does is to offer a prayer of submission to the Lord and invites Him to take over and it is this very act that makes this temple God’s dwelling place. God comes to places where He has been invited; the good church leader’s main role is to invite God to take over.
2nd Chron. 6:40-42 “Now my God I pray, let your eyes be open and let your ears be attentive to the prayer made in this place. Now therefore arise, O Lord God, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength. Let Your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let Your saints rejoice in goodness. O Lord God, do not turn away the face of Your Anointed; remember the mercies of Your servant David.”
2nd Chron. 7:1 When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.
Here is a list of some qualities of a good leader>>>
- Organized Systems
With the children of Israel, everyone attended to their assigned tasks like clockwork and as a result their worship was received by God undeterred by distractions. To be in the body of Christ to them meant, each one doing what they were meant to do to bring a unified front.
2nd Chron. 7:5-6 King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty two thousand bulls and one hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the people dedicated the house of God. And the priests attended to their services; the Levites also with instruments of the music of the Lord, which King David had made to praise the Lord, saying, “For His mercy endures forever,” whenever David offered praise by their ministry. The priests sounded trumpets opposite them, while all Israel stood.
This is not the whole list, but a good place to start. Find a good church around your area and begin to grow in your relationship with God and the people around you.