Nearly every evangelical, when pressed, would insist that the church is people, not a place. A building is not a church. A set of programs is not a church. A structure is not a church. Christians together are the church. A local church is a local community of Christians covenanting together under the biblical pattern of sacraments, fellowship, discipleship, authority, and mission. But surely this is harder to say with integrity in the bloated attractional church.
Jared C. Wilson has written this insightful post about under-programming the church. I’m all for simplifying and strengthening our focus. Many of his points resonate deeply with me in this journey to decentralize BCM. Let’s learn to do just a few things well. #1 for us is multiplying disciples.