The church is not its structures
ASBO Jesus is singing my song.
While the church needs to be structured in order to carry out its mission, we often make the mistake of elevating the structures above their actual importance. What do I mean by structures? (This is the clever bit.) When I am ranting about structures, we’re talking about church buildings and committees / staff / institutions.
Buildings are often “thin places” but they are not temples. That role, for Christians, is filled by people. Likewise, denominational or diocesan program staff are the tail, while the people of the church are the dog. (For catholic Christians, bishops fall into a different category, but because of their office rather than their paycheck.)
This should be enough to get the conversation going. Talk amongst yourselves. Go!