It’s important for us to define what we mean by church because if we can’t say what that means, no one else is going to sort it out for us. Plus, the church has a bad reputation in so many circles that Bringing Christ’s Love to Life is problematic because so many people don’t want to hear about it. I’m not blaming the church, although we need to own why some people dislike the church, and I’m not blaming people who don’t come to church, although some people need to own why they don’t like the church. However it slices and dices, our job is to figure out how to connect with people in a way that they can hear our good news.
I don’t know if these four elements of the church are the sum total of what it means to be the church but it is a pretty good start. If we recognize that together we are one, holy, catholic and apostolic, as we claim we are, then we really are church. More importantly, if we can help others see that together we are one, holy, catholic, and apostolic, then maybe