This study provides some information on some factors hindering church health in the contemporary Russian setting. Church leaders would do well to pay more attention to social ministries, cultural sensitivity, and flexible structures.
Church health can be improved. Apart from paying more attention to neglected church health characteristics, another simple but profound way is to focus on spiritual disciplines. Persistent participation in spiritual practices leads to greater spiritual health in general and ministry success in particular. Perhaps the most significant finding of this study was the clear correlation between church growth and the existence of spiritual mentor. The potential for greater personal health and even for church growth lies in the discipline of spiritual mentoring.
(extract from Andrei Blinkov’s dissertation ” CHURCH HEALTH AND CHURCH GROWTH IN CONGREGATIONS OF THE RUSSIAN CHURCH OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS” Asbury Theological Seminary, 2007)<–>