For the past several years, I've been on a journey to discover what this "church" thing is all about. That might sound strange for someone who is the wife of a pastor, but it's true.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
As a kid, I always thought of "church" as being that building down the street that a bunch of people went to. Those people went maybe once or twice a week and sometimes just on special holidays. That was called "church." They would say, "I went to church today." What does that mean ~ "I 'went' to church today?" What would the purpose of doing that be?
What is "church?" What is "church" supposed to be? Is the idea today of "church" something our post-modern, Western mindset has made up or is there something more - something we/I/you might be missing? Who defines what "church" is?
Is "church" a place, a building or is it a people? Is it a structure or an organization or . . . ?
I know people who say they've gotten hurt by the "church" and so then, have they gotten hurt by a building or by people and if it's by people, then are those people "the church?"
Since Michael started pastoring, I've seen many many people come and go. I've heard so many reasons why they left the "church" and why decided to go to the "church" down the street. At times, it's been incredibly hurtful and confusing and other times . . . well . . . enough said for now.
Today, I hear church - like buzz words like - community, family, commitment, etc. What does that all mean to you?
Sound off time! But, please be cordial.