Seeing and greeting from afar, acknowledging today, and desiring a better one.
Vision becomes strategy, roles become tasks, teams become structure, networks become organizations, and recognition becomes compensation.
— David Hurst, “Crisis & Renewal,” on how movements become institutions
Church: a colony of heaven in the country of death, a strategy of the Holy Spirit for giving witness to the already-inaugurated kingdom of God.
— Eugene Peterson, “The Pastor”
The gospel creates community. Because it points us to the One who died for his enemies, it creates relationships of service rather than selfishness. Because it removes both fear and pride, people get along inside the church who could never get along outside. Because it calls us to holiness, the people of God live in loving bonds of mutual accountability and discipline. Thus the gospel creates a human community radically different from any society around it.
— Tim Keller, “Center Church”