This post is from the defunct blog “Dying Church”
The efforts to "save the church" are, IMO, misguided and ultimately doomed to failure. God did not send us into the world to save the church. He called us to transform the world. If we see the church as a consequence of our activity and not an institution to save or organization to perpetuate, I think we would then begin to think radically and realistically about our mission. Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. Too many of us are here to seek and to save that which is found. What would happen if we would abandon our allegiance to institutions and instead sought to simply embrace the hurting, feed the hungry, comfort the grieving and shared the love of Jesus through genuine relationships? Church would then happen on its own. But as long as we seek to criticize the church, fix the church, transform the church, whatever…. we miss the Mission.