If we limit church to what takes place when we gather in meetings, we fail to understand its intended purpose and potential.
The word church, chosen by Jesus himself, means to come together for the good of the people. In essence, it means to rally, to come together again to prepare to face a new and common foe. When Jesus first used the term church, it was in this context, ‘And on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). Jesus envisioned his gathered ones storming the very gates of Hell and tearing them down. His vision of the gathering is not so much about what we might accomplish sitting in static meetings as it is about together accomplishing work that ends up being a direct confrontation of the work of the Enemy. He calls us together in order that we together will battle the enemy.
Can you reimagine church?
Imagine a collective of people who are conspiring together to battle against the established and ongoing work of the Enemy wherever it is found. Is it found in the hearts of doubting would-be aetheists? Then the church must be there. Is it found in the broken lives of professing Jesus-followers? Then the church must be there. Is it found in the crime and poverty of an urban landscape? Then the church must be there. Is it found in the suburban town counsel? Then the church must be there. Is it found among single moms caught up in a cycle of fear and despair? Then the church must be there.
We exist to encourage and equip men and women in order to release them into these and other battles against darkness wherever it is found.