Church Formation Skills: Four Selves of Church Maturity
Four Selves that lead to Church Maturity
Self-Governing - Acts 6:1-7, Heb. 4:16, Heb. 4:12
Self-Supporting - Acts 2:44-45, 4:34-36, 11:29, 2 Cor. 9:10-15, Phil. 4:14-19, 1 Thess. 2:8-9
Self-Reproducing - 1 Thessalonians 1:7-8, Acts 17:2, Philemon 1:6
Self-Correcting - 2 Cor. 10:5, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Act 17.11
Healthy autonomus churches practice the Four Selves.
Self-Governing - By self-governing, we simply mean a mature church has the capability to make decisions for itself. Doing so means proper exercise of the two authorities granted the church. They must be able to discern guidance from the Word of God and the Spirit of God.
Self-Supporting - The church must have ownership of its function. Self-supporting means the ministry and outreach it performs are fueled by stewardship of its own resources.
Self-Reproducing - The healthy church will multiply. Maturity means a church will take ownership of the responsibility to evangelize its field. For the church planter, this means expecting every believer to accept the Great Commission.