Church definitions can be confusing. As a result, this question “What makes a church a church?” is an important question to ask! Last week, in Part 1, we looked at the two primary metaphors in the New Testament used to describe the church; the Body of Christ and the Family of God. Today we want to think about the Church’s function.
Church Definitions – House Church or Preaching Point?
In my organization, we make the end of the year reports about our church planting and discipleship progress. We want to know how many new churches have been planted each year so we can celebrate what God has done and accurately report what has been happening. As we do these reports, we face the question of the difference between a church and a “preaching point” or a “fellowship group.”