One of the questions Christians usually ask themselves is whether there is a need to go to a church to be a Christian.
The obvious answer is, "No." - makes sense.
However, being part of a church allows us to have a spiritual relationship with Jesus. There is a popluar idiom, "Out of sight, out of mind." If you do not see someone or something frequently, you will forget about it. We will forget about people who have moved away. If our utility bill somehow got moved to the bottom of the stack on our desk, we forget all about paying it - out of sight, out of mind.
Next, people wonder, "If we have to go to a church, how do we spot a healthy church?"
The simple answer is, "Look for a church firmly planted in prayers."
Prayer is a critical indicator of a healthy church because the Christian church actually began though a prayer meeting. After the resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days with His disciples explaining the mission of the church. After His ascension, the disciples waited in the upperroom in a 10 day prayer meeting to receive the Holy Spirit.
Throughout Bible, we see Jesus regularly immersing himself in prayer with His Father, thus setting an example for His followers. The significance of Prayer is described numerous times in the Bible and Jesus taught us how to pray. He even said, "My house will be called a house of prayer." The 11th graders have a portion dedicated to prayer which I will cover this year, and emphasis the importance of prayer.
A healthy church can be spotted by just looking at a single indicator - prayer.