dying-church-movie-YouTubeEver since the fourth century when the Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal, the church progressively went from a decentralized “saints movement” to a temple-centered, “clergy-dependent” movement. We went from focusing on marketplace presence to building elaborate cathedrals with clergy-led rituals. We went from people “being the church” to people “going to church.” I call the latter mentality “the box church.” This clergy/laity divide and emphasis with a ritual-centered approach in a building was not only a challenge in the past but also in the present (even though our evangelical rituals now have more pizzazz). Consequently, the leaders of the church held a monopoly upon things sacred—which kept the “holy elite” in power and in wealth. The sad thing is, similar concepts are still prevalent in the church today. The following are some of the contrasts between the “box church” and “kingdom-centered” church: More