Diagnostic Questions for Leaders Regarding Missional Living:
1. How does it demonstrate that it is really focused on Jesus?
• How does the ministry mirror the life and ministry of Jesus, the Apostles or their teaching?
• Does it center us on the person of Jesus Christ as the solution for peace and reconciliation with God or is it offering other solutions to merely convince ourselves of a false peace?
• Does it really equip the saints for works of service, or just give them more Bible trivia?
2. Who really gets the glory from it?
• How does might it be said that the ministry elevates certain individuals as more important than others, shows respect of persons, or causes us to revere some people over others?
• Does it push people to deeper faith and trust in their Lord or make them more dependent on church leadership as a replacement?
3. How is it using the time we have?
• In what ways are those involved being led to take the time to make disciples, yet possibly make us feel better about how we are not using time for disciple-making?
• Can the church really spend much time with the lost people of their community if they are as involved in the church as we are asking them to be according to the calendars and activities we create?
• Does it really produce a Kingdom community or is it only producing attendance at regularly scheduled events?
4. Is it inward or outward focused?
• How is the ministry really reaching the lost community when compared to being just another church growth tool?
• How is it revealing the Kingdom of God among men in the world that surrounds our church?
• How long will it take for the community to experience a living witness of Christ in every home at the current pace and methodology?
• If our plan is merely to get the church to bring the community back to the church, aren’t we really in opposition to God’s mission to spread the church out into the community to bring them into the Kingdom?
5. How does it view the people involved?
• How would you feel about serving under your own ministry?
• Are we only telling people where and how we need them to serve according to our mission and vision for our church, or are we genuinely educating, empowering and releasing God’s people to serve in their unique gifts and calling for accomplishing God’s mission and vision for His Kingdom, trusting Him to meet the needs of the saints as well?
• Are we inviting them to understand how God has made them to uniquely and particularly reflect what breaks His heart and thus to act on that with Him?
• Is there room in the church for all of them to carry a different fraction of God’s burden for what is broken in your community?
6. What is it celebrating?
• How are believers experiencing a deeper sense of joy from following Christ through what we are asking them to do in this ministry?
• Are we celebrating the right things at the right times?
• Are we as excited as the angels when one sinner- ANY sinner, comes to repentance? Even if they don’t become a part of our congregation?
• Does it have to happen within the context of our ministry for it to matter and have value to us? Or are we genuinely glad to see those we are discipling follow Christ into new and different avenues of ministry in the community or around the world?
7. Are we really fulfilling and completing our own ministry?
• What would we really be doing in ministry if permission and provision were no longer an issue? (Perhaps: “What would we be doing in the world if permission and provision were no longer an issue?”)
• Am I doing this particular role because the Lord told me to or because it is what men expect me to do? Who is defining my calling and purpose?
8. What is the leadership actually doing?
• How are we modeling what we are teaching?
• Is there a living example for others to follow that reveals what it looks like when they are doing what we are preaching and teaching?
• Is it reproducible, repeatable and simple enough that every believer can attain to it, or have we created an impasse whereby only professionals or elites can serve the Lord?
• How does the image of Christ really look to our community as compared to the Gospels if we get everyone in the church to conform to what we are teaching people to be by our example?
9. What power is at work in it?
• What would happen to this ministry if we were not here to lead it?
• How dependent is this ministry on the Holy Spirit?
• Is it something we could find ourselves doing frequently on our own strength and not seeing the difference?
10. Is it multiplying?
• How rapidly is the Gospel spreading across our city as a result of what we are equipping our people to do?
• How quickly do new generations of believers form to worship outside of our building?
• Do we have a plan or even a hope to see new groups of believers worshipping together in other places that have been started by those we train and send out?
• Have we started with a plan for what it will take to see our city and region reached with the Gospel?