Should the church be a country club or a hospital?

What do you think of this quote from Michael Trimmer?

If anything, it seems like the church has done a really great job of making itself look like an exclusive club for the morally and spiritually immaculate, rather than a spiritual hospital for the walking wounded in which broken people struggle against sin on a daily basis.

Should the church be more like a country club or more like a hospital?

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What, if anything, is missing from this equation?

Todd

2 Comments

  • Stacey Campbell April 17, 2014 Reply

    What is missing is that neither of these metaphors are found in the Bible. Now, I’m not saying that we can only use a metaphor found in the Bible to describe the church because many of those metaphors are incomplete. When taken by itself, any one metaphor will lack aspects that another metaphor will fill. What is inherently missing from the two that you mention, however, is that they are more organizational than organic. What I mean is that they focus on the structure of the church–how it runs and what is its purpose–rather than how those within relate to each other. While not perfect, the most comprehensive metaphor I have found for the church is that of a family. This certainly touches on the organizational aspects, but primarily focuses on how we treat and love each other. Aren’t those the most important things?

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