1. I believe the church that the New Testament envisions and that God has had in His heart and mind from the very beginning is quite different from the typical traditional church of our day (which I have dubbed “the institutional church”).
2. Many “simple churches” and “house churches” (so called) do not embody the church after God’s own heart either.
In light of the above, I’m an advocate of what I call *the organic expression of the church* which I’ve written about extensively, especially in Reimagining Church.
That said, there is what I call “the convenient substitute” on the planet today. It’s postchurch Christianity.
The postchurch “church” is neither an institutional church nor is it an organic church. It’s something else. I call it the “phantom church,” the “ghost church,” the “nebulous church,” and the “amorphous church.”