The essentials of an effective church are the unseen things. Karl Vaters reminds us that an effective church is more than just a fancy website and a pastor who’s hip and wears skinny jeans.

There are only three essential elements for a church to be effective:

1. People who genuinely love Jesus

2. People who genuinely love each other

3. People who share that good news with others

No, that’s not a new list. If it was, they wouldn’t be essential. They’re a simple restatement of Jesus’ Great Commandment and Great Commission to love the Lord with all our heart, love our neighbor as ourself, and go make disciples

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