A church with a steeple stands against a blue sky

Do We Really Still Need Churches?

  • By: Scott Stein
  • Jun 07, 2022
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Did you catch the first episode in the series, Deconstructing Faith: Series Introduction?

For decades now, church attendance has been in decline. And after two years of COVID, even with lockdowns mostly over, many people are not returning to church.

But let’s face it. Most churches now do a great job of delivering Sunday service online. And through the internet we have easy access to a super-abundance of worship, teaching, and discipleship resources that we used to only get from church.

There is also the reality for many who, for one reason or another, have had negative or even hurtful church experiences. For these, church has become a very negative thing.

This raises the question: Do we really even need churches to be a Christian?

In this episode, Scott and Shawn tackle this very relevant question by discussing:

  • The distinction between our experience of church and what the church is.
  • Understanding the relationship between Christians “doing” church and “being” the church.
  • The New Testament vision of the church as a “family”.
  • How Jesus relates to his church, and the implications this has for us


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  • Douglas
    Jan 16th, 2024
    Just listened to do we still need churches. Interesting points many which I agree as Christians we are members of his church and we should glorify him amongst others in his church. However, I think it’s important to note that the church that you attend could be failing in the overall mission to bring others together in that particular church, I’m taking a break from a rather large wonderful, amazing church however, the pastor and his individual messages is not reaching me not motivating me passionately I have identified exactly why and I’m trying to come to agreements on what I’m going to do about it besides currently taking a break. this pastor is passionate academically, a PhD in religious studies but sometimes I feel I’m sitting in a classroom like I did in college, and being lectured, rather than passionately motivated
    • Scott
      Jan 24th, 2024
      Thanks for sharing this Douglas. I can certainly appreciate the tension felt when you feel no benefit from the pastors teaching. While this isn't the only important element of church life, it is still pretty important. I hope God brings some clarity for your as you seek his wisdom. I would also encourage finding some godly and wise believers who may be able to speak into this. God bless!
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