The Healthy Church

Identifying the Essential Ingredients for Thriving Churches

Course Overview

This course will reveal traits that are present in healthy and revived churches. The course will further identify actions that church leaders can take to implement steps that will lead to greater health and vitality in their churches.

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Course Outline

Ways to Look at the Healthy Church
The Purpose of Evangelism
The Purpose of Ministry
The Purpose of Discipleship
The Purpose of Fellowship
The Purpose of Prayer
The Purpose of Worship
Healthy Churches and Church Membership: Expectations
Healthy Churches and Church Membership in Ministry
Healthy Churches and Church Membership: Small Groups
Healthy Churches and Church Membership: Outward Focus
Healthy Churches and Church Membership: Attitudinal Issues
The COVID Impact (2 parts)
Three Major Local Church Movements (3 parts)
The Growth of Church Revitalization as a Discipline
The “Autopsy Factor” and Revitalization
The Seven Factors of Anatomy of a Revived Church (3 parts)
The Preaching Factor
The Leadership Factor
The Healthy Church

Recommended Textbook

Anatomy of a Revived Church

Seven Findings about How Congregations Avoided Death

by Thom S. Rainer

In this book, Thom Rainer reveals seven findings of revived churches. Through new research, he figuratively dissects hundreds of churches that were on the path toward death. But they turned around. They revitalized. They did so in the face of facts and naysayers who told them it could not be done. Today, three out of four churches are declining in our nation, and twenty percent of churches are close to death. What are the secrets of the churches who avoided this fate and experienced revival?

Course Professor

Thom Rainer

Thom S. Rainer is the founder and CEO of Church Answers. With nearly forty years of ministry experience, Thom has spent a lifetime committed to the growth and health of the local church and its leaders. He has been a pastor of four churches and interim pastor of ten churches, as well as a bestselling author, popular speaker, professor, and dean. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his MDiv and PhD degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rainer has written numerous books, including three that ranked as number one bestsellers: I Am a Church Member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church, and Simple Church. He and his wife live in Nashville.

Online Learning

You can access your course at any time on any device. You do not need to install an app or download software.


This course is part of a full certification track offered by Church Answers University. See available certifications here.

5 hours

This course contains five hours of on-demand video that can be started and resumed at any time.

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Course available individually or with certification

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