This post is from the defunct blog “Dying Church”
Tom Bandy uses a diet metaphor for what's wrong with the church. The church, according to Bandy, is on a high-fat diet. He gave some examples of fat:
Property and buildings
Paid staff members
The solution isn't to eliminate all fat from a diet. It's to maintain a healthy diet that includes worship, spiritual growth, missions, leadership and relevant organization that follows its mission. I wonder if the problem with our churches today isn't that we have buildings and programs and staff members. I wonder if the problem is that we've allowed these things to take over the essence of what it means to be a church. Maybe they're okay if kept in their place as part of a healthy, balanced diet. But, as anyone can tell you, fatty food has a way of taking over.