Theologian and Missionary Andrew Kirk wrote:
What the New Testament means by the Church is not an institution that owns property, performs rites, and organizes meetings, or even one that plans strategies to evangelize unreached people. Rather, it is a group of ordinary people who, because they are experiencing the immense grace of a compassionate God, are learning how to overcome hostility between people, forgive and trust one another, share what they have, and encourage one another in wholesome and joyous relationships.
To be a member of a church community is
- to share the responsibility to nourish that community generously
- to represent that community in words and actions
- to open our arms to those who long to belong because we know that God’s love is boundless.