Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Define "Church" in Ten Words or Less. Go.

One positive and negative of the internet is that we now have the ability to communicate nearly constantly. Millions (if you include Facebook and Twitter) write online daily. As you no doubt notice, many of those people have absolutely no idea what they are talking about.

One reason many folks are clueless writers is that they don't think about definitions (frankly, many do not appear to think at all). If we cannot define what we are talking about, then what are we really saying?

Keeping this in mind, let's have a small group exercise. Let's define "church." It's helpful to do this in ten words or less. The word limit forces us to be precise in our thinking. So, can you do it? I think you can. Define "church" in ten words or less. Please leave your definition in the comments.

Here's my definition:

"A supernatural community on mission with Father, Son, and Spirit."


Anonymous said...

Group of people saved from God, by God, for God.

Joel Zehring said...

Bride, body, house, family

Eric said...


That sounds just like Frank Viola's "From Eternity to Here." Have you read it?

Nick Bekker said...

A community of believers learning together to live by the indwelling life of Christ (okay, its 14 words and its Frank Viola's definition - but its a jolly fine definition).

Eric said...


You broke the rules. However, since it is a good definition I'll give you a pass. Thanks.

Steve Scott said...

Assembly of called out ones.

Eric said...


Well said.