Stephen Bennett, who used to be a song writer, composer and worship leader at CCC many years ago, has put this little video up on youtube.
It’s a simple video about what church really is. Stephen Bennett points out that church is the people, and not a denomination, a building or any kind of organisation. At the same time, he recognises the organisation that took place in the early church, and the importance that local church has in people’s lives. Basically its an encouraging video which seems to aim to break down preconceptions which some people (and churches) may have about what church is and what form it takes.
Because I know that he has a megachurch background, though I know very little about what he has done since moving on from C3, it was good to see that he is actually teaching that church is far broader than that. Also, I would expect that he is supportive of megachurches and the places he’s been and contributed to (I am assuming this is the case), but it was good to hear that he can see the risks are present in organisations which can lead to people being harmed in various ways. Where people acknowledge this – and actually point it out – we can hope that maybe an awareness might develop which reduces the problem.