This post is from the defunct blog “Dying Church”
All of those steepled buildings you see around town? Turns out none of them are churches. (Those signs out front certainly are misleading!) It turns out that church has never been a building. Church is all those Kingdom Dwellers put together. The plural of "Jesus Follower" is "church." Those steepled contraptions? Those are just how the church gets out of the rain. (Don Everts, Jesus with Dirty Feet)
Actually I am enough of an ancient-future person to know that sacred places have power and value. After all the disciples went to the Temple to worship. The difference may be that those disciples also met in the homes on a regular basis. The ate together, prayed, sang psalms and spiritual songs, and helped the poor. When the church ONLY gathers one day a week and ONLY in that sacred place they have lost the disciple-making imperative that makes them a church. When we rediscover the breadth of the church and the myriad possibilities of living as Jesus Followers, we will have died to ourselves and rediscovered the church.