Now there's a question to be answered in a 100 word blog!!
I am on a taskforce which among other things is looking at the decline of people going to church. In this discussion we talked about a number of things but they all required work done on the question "What is church?"
- If we are reviving congregations, what are we expecting them to look like or do?
- If we are planting new 'churches' or faith communities what do they need to satisfy the definition of church? What does that look like?
- What are the marks we are looking for in established churches in order that they are churches and not just Christian clubs?
In order for us to be effective as Christians we need to understand what we are doing! Fairly basic really.
How many of us are so busy "doing church" that we don't check if that's what we really are doing.
Please feel free to post a comment on what your definition or requirements are for church.