What would it look like if church were something to “be” rather than a place to “go?” Could this help bridge the gap between “being” people that glorify God and people “going” to a building?
I know some who are wrestling with this very issue and have decided one way to emphasize being over going is to eliminate the “weekly” meeting and spend time “being” the church in ministry. Some work this out in a “house church” setting while others simply elect to meet at irregular, regular times so as to help eliminate the unhealthy connection with “going” to a building.
Some, like me, long to keep it both/and. That is, “both” meet for celebration/fellowship/communion “and” serve others “being” the church to bless the world.
I am glad for friends who do not elect to cast this in an either/or framework. They notice that God is at work in a variety of ways and has not “left” a weekly meeting hoping to find a place where people long to glorify God and bless the world.
We are on that journey here – the journey to “be” the people of God rather than a people noted for “going” to a building.