What is a “Church”?

Come on…you know you have an opinion.

What do you think church is…or at least what do you think a church should be?

Webster defines a church as:

    1. a building for public and especially Christian worship
    2. the clergy or officialdom of a religious body
    3. a body or organization of religious believers

Which definition is the one that you most identify church with?


Webster has church listed as a noun…shouldn’t the church be a verb?
Just my thought.


About Jimmy Eldridge

I am a husband, a father, a son, a brother and most of all, a follower of our most gracious savior Christ Jesus. Who are you following?

5 thoughts on “What is a “Church”?

  1. The Church is a noun and verb. Unfortunately most churches stop at being a noun……..so I must wonder if they really are a (the) Church.

    In simple terms……the Church is………we follow the lamb whithersoever he goeth. (rev 14:4)

    It seems to me, so often, that we are headed in one direction and Jesus in another.

  2. Personally I have a problem with Church as a building, thus I usually refer to a fellowship or Building-based Chrisitanity when taliking building. I usually try to talk about the Body or the people when referring to those inside the building. I think we are supposed to be the Church and as the Church we are called out to go and make and heal and…So yes, the Church is supposed to be full of verbs even if it is a noun.

  3. Bruce, you are so right. So many churches become satisfied with being just a place…and they stop putting action in their faith.

    Minnow, I like what you said…”the Church is supposed to be full of verbs even if it is a noun”. Very nicely put. I may have to steal that one. 🙂

  4. The Church of Christ is not a building for worship, nor a clerical body to command, nor a religious organisation to assemble people. The Church of Christ is formed by redeemed people living around His Redeemer. Is the living body of Christ on earth to continue His mission of preching the kingdom of God. The Church are people living a new life in witness and honor of Christ. The Church follows Christ and and obey the Word of God and his ministers.

  5. To often does the church become so secluded that they develop their own language and are therefore unable to communicate with those who are outside of their realm To often does a church because a redemption house for Christians from other churches or a healing house for “limping” Christians.

    The church is God’s grace – and the grace of God is something to offered to all. The church’s purpose is to keep God’s children on their feet and to lift up the down and outs, the poor, hungry, injured, impoverished and lost. – By doing this we fulfill God’s purpose. People watch and if what they see is grace – a love given without a request for reward – people see something worthy of getting involved in.

    Also, church buildings are a stigma – We get them – then have to pay money for them – therefore asking people for money always – turn off – geez meet in a park – save money – invest in something worthwhile.

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