There is alot of discussion (both on this blog, in “real life”, and other places) about what constitutes a church. The lines are often blurred along the distinctions of identity, function, etc. Of course, as in all of these kinds of cases, evidence from Scripture, history, tradition, experience, reason, etc. are usually tossed and mixed together and filtered to come with the “right” answer.
But, still the talk continues. I’m still thinking about the identity of the church, and I’m hoping to start a good discussion with a simple example.
So, assume there is a group of people who meet together regularly at a local coffee shop.
Can this group of people be a church? Why or why not? Besides a group meeting together regularly, what else would be required for this to be a church? What is the basis of your conclusion?