It is of course much more difficult and much demanding to be the church than it is to do church. Being church takes time and energy as we seek to live as a community, a family and not just an organisation.
In the article three types of church are described:
- The fortress church, where the goal is doctrinal conformity and mission is about tossing grenades of judgement into society.
- The shopping mall church, full of sales-people and consumers.
- The cemetery church, lost in time, lifeless and irrelevant.
All three lack the essential characteristic of church. Community. But community is costly, it's hard to achieve. It is so much easier to walk the old paths of doctrinal security and consumer Christianity. It's so much easier to criticise from the comfort of the pew or chair than it is to become something other, to become a family.
The article is well worth a read, so please do go and check it out.