I have mentioned that our family is attending a nice local church. For our small town, they would be considered a megachurch. While we attend most weeks, we couldn't be considered participants. I must say though, that it has been healthy to have the balance of being around a church like this while we sort through our post-charismatic baggage.
Although we don't necessarily embrace their activities wholeheartedly, we certainly respect and appreciate their vision and heart for reaching the lost in our community.
Because I've been thinking about ekklesia, I was interested in hearing the pastor's message this week about why we should go to church.
It was basically an encouragement to find some people to journey with (thankfully not a "why you should join our church because we're the best" message).
There was an invitation to get involved in small groups, which I agree are an important aspect of a large congregation. Also an explanation of the classes to provide information and get people on the same page.
Anyway, I agree with much that was taught. I kept thinking though that the one-anothering scriptures sound so different when we begin applying them to the wider body of Christ, to people outside of our group, instead of assuming that they only apply to the people within our club.
Those are my thoughts, not as a critique, but just as a person sorting through her own issues.
For additional thoughts about community, be sure to catch Fr'nklin's 4-part series called "ice breakers, oprah, and hermit crabs." I'm sure you will enjoy his ideas as he talks about the many different experiences of community.