When most people think of “church,” they think in terms of a building,  a meeting place, or a weekly bulletin and a Sunday morning “big-room event.”  They think in terms like pastor, reverend, father, or bishop as the person who leads the organization and does most of the work.

Is that the New Testament model?

They think of buildings, sites, or programs where activities are being run by paid professionals.  People sitting in pews expected to be silent for the most part.  As someone said, “There’s something very controlled and artificial about this.”

Is what we see as “church” today the model that is described in the Bible?