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Christians tend to think that they are practicing forgiveness just because they are Christians.  Leaders can think that their church or organization is a community of forgiveness just because it is populated by Christians.  But Christians must learn to develop a lifestyle of forgiveness.  It does not happen automatically.  And when the majority of people in a church or Christian organization do not have a lifestyle of authentic forgiveness, then that church is not yet an effective community of forgiveness.


The following questions are for leadership consideration and discussion.  They are designed to help you evaluate the condition of your church or organization in regards to the practice of forgiveness among your people.  Remember, groups do not practice forgiveness.  Individuals do.  You may download this questionaire by clicking here.  (You have our permission to make copies of this document and use it with your leadership team.)


You may also want to download, print and distribute the “Questions for Self-evaluation” and “Identifying Your Personal Substitute for Forgiveness” documents to a representative group within your church, asking them to give you feedback on their practice of forgiveness.




Are we a community of forgiveness?                                                        Yes or No?


Our people work to restore broken relationships.                                                    ________

Our people are free from anger.                                                                            ________

Our people feel loved by God.                                                                               ________

Our people do not practice self-condemnation.                                                       ________

Our people eagerly welcome others who are different from themselves.                    ________

Our people empathize with hurting people, including offenders.                                ________

Our people practice church discipline when necessary without feeling guilty.              ________

Our people do not withdraw from each other when conflicts arise.                            ________

Our people are becoming emotionally healthy.                                                        ________

Our people do not bring up past sins and failures to manipulate others.                    ________

Our people can disagree agreeably in real love.                                                       ________

Our people refuse gossip.                                                                                      ________

Our people work to appropriately restore long-damaged relationships.                      ________

Our people know how to receive God’s comfort in their pain.                                    ________

Our people actively love their enemies.                                                                  ________

Our people are becoming increasing free from self-destructive behaviors.                 ________

Our people are quick to develop honest, loving, practical relationships.                     ________

Our people help each other to receive God’s forgiveness.                                         ________

Our people help each other to forgive other people                                                  ________

Our people help each other to ask others for forgiveness                                          ________

Our people have dealt with our church’s history with real forgiveness.                       ________

We actively train people to develop a lifestyle of forgiveness.                                    ________

We regularly hear about receiving forgiveness, forgiving others and

            asking others to forgive us from the pulpit.                                                 ________

When we participate in the Lord’s Supper, we emphasize both receiving

            God’s forgiveness and forgiving others because of the Cross.                        ________

We reach out to our community with opportunities that would help

            people to learn how to forgive those who have hurt them.                            ________




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