Whatever Became of Church? (Part Two)
Editor's Note: This is the second of three
blogs on the demise of a robust understanding of "church" in modern
evangelical life. To read the first installment, click here.
word "parachurch" is built off of two words: "para," which means "alongside of" and, of course, the word "church." As conceived, the
parachurch is meant to serve "alongside" the church - not in place of
the church or in competition with the church.
could easily trace its roots to the early monastic movement and
countless subsequent ministry endeavors since. Originally embraced as a
way to enlarge the boundaries of God's work beyond the traditional
church, it has often become a substitute entity; sometimes competitive,
and occasionally antagonistic.
The role of
the parachurch has loomed so large in certain circles that it has led
some to speak of the "potential" partnership of the church and
parachurch, as if it might be a nice option, which speaks for itself as
to the devaluation of our ecclesiology.
Suffice it to say, there are many, many legitimate and even strategic parachurch ministries.
But there are also many that are not.
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