Our own Craig and Anne Noll spent a year visiting 26 different churches. Their helpful observations are published online here.
They start with four questions:
1. Do we sense here a passion for God himself?
2. Does this seem like a community in which we could use our gifts (versus simply helping to staff established programs)?
3. Is there a sense of community here, of people belonging to each other?
4. Does this church convey a sense of being part of the larger body of Christ in the area (versus being a self-contained entity)?
There are number of applications for worship leaders, preachers, and the worshiping assembly.
Excellent! Very helpful! Thanks Craig and Anne!