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What a church should be...
This past Saturday I spoke for a long time with my friend Marty Davis about the purpose a local church should have, and it so happened that this conversation took place while I was in the middle of compiling a list of church purposes, or something I believe the Church is. Marty, being a practicing Orthodox Christian had some amazing insight into the Church and expressed his frustration with the many “non-denominational” churches sitting across the street from each other but treating each other as enemies. Here is my short list of what a church should be or should try to be. Feel free to add to the list in the comments section; we can perhaps work together to define a fuller purpose.A church should be:
A mirror of New Jerusalem described in Revelation…
thus, the place to find God the Creator...
...and build relationships with Him...
...for the healing of the community, the nation and the world.
A community which values families.
A community which honors women and offers them a real role to serve and teach.
The center of the community to create, serve and give hope to the community.
A community of people which is partnering with God to fulfill God's purpose and dreams for the world.
A community of people focusing to become creators rather than consumers, in both worship and content.
A community valuing art and artistic expression as God’s gifts.
A community which is generous.
A community which heals and fulfills the creation both spiritually and physically.
A community which is dynamic and willing to accept people as they are rather than first demand change...
...therefore a place that can both give and seek forgiveness.
A place where one can find light, be it from others or simply from a candle.
A community which challenges its members but also gives them opportunities.
A place rejoicing in the noise created by children.
A community which values people more than dogma.