Ed Stetzer wrote a fascinating post in light of his recent trip to Europe. He observed a striking difference between European Church Planters and the Vatican.
When Donna an I talked on the plane coming home (faces 11 inches apart), we were struck by how these church planters live incarnationally. Europe was their home-- and they were seeking to live sent on God's mission.
When we went to the Vatican, we did not find it to be a spiritual experience. It spoke to us, but not about faith. It spoke to us of power. It did not evoke "go and tell." Rather, it was clearly "come and see." (And, that same sentence would be true in many non-Catholic settings as well-- including a few I know all too well.) . . .
Most of us have a Constantinian model for church which, very simply, is summed up like this: building + clergy + program = church
A better equation is this: body + mission + kingdom = church. We need to be a body on mission for the Kingdom