In reality, what is commonly called “local church” today is not really local. Rarely do you find a neighborhood or local church where the people who meet together also live in the neighborhood or the locality.
Jake at “cafÃ© de soirÃ©e” has written a post about “local church” called “More Considerations on the Local Church and Community“. In this post, Jake refers to another blog posts, where the blogger asks the question, “How many have taught, and more importantly lived, vocation as living out your faith literally where you are located?”
Jake lists these suggestions for what we would perhaps see if our churches radically recaptured this notion of the local church:
- Churches would be smaller.
- No need for parking lots, or just very small ones.
- Denominationalism would dieâ€¦ faster.
- The church would embody a counter-cultural practice that highlighted holistic living.
- The church would embody a counter-church-culture practice of environmental stewardship.
- Community would be formed.
- Mission would become local again.
- Taxes would go down.
- Youth and children would not be bound by their ability to find a ride to church.
What do you think of these suggestions? What do you think prevents many Christians from being part of a truly “local church”?