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Models of the Church

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Eddie Vega

on 11 September 2018

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Transcript of Models of the Church

6 models
1 church*
Models of the Church
Body of Christ
(Community)
Sacrament
Herald
Servant
Community of Disciples
Institution
"church" ≠ Catholic Church
A way of understanding church

each highlights different dimensions of the church

each church has a dominant model

each model has advantages and disadvantages
clerics responsible to the laity for teaching, sanctifying, and ruling
key words:
hierarchy
clericalism
juridicism
triumphalism
strong endorsement by Church documents
continuity with the past
strong sense of corporate identity
scripture doesn't support structure
de-emphasis of charismatic/prophetic roles of the church
diminishes critical theology
exclusion of non-Catholics
very authoritarian
house churches
relationships are covenental (not contractual)
strong scriptural presence ("body of Christ" - Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12)
the structure is vital, organic, and growing
open to the world
over-divinizing the Church
no clear identity/mission
reducing the church to a social impulse
assuming the administrators (clerics) are better than those they minister to
laws and penalties are greater than brother/sisterhood and actions of love
dramatizing the martial conquest over Satan
Sacrament - visible form of an invisible grace
Christ is the
sacrament
of God
Church is the
sacrament
of Christ
7 sacraments flow from this image
church is called to be holy
while knowing it's not quite there
calls out
symbolic quality
of human life
serves as a job description for the church
basis for evaluation
doesn't clearly define the outward (apostolic) mission
WORD
evangelization
words (language) can bring us together
words can become formulaic (lose their context/power)
emphasis of

Revelation

over

Tradition
neglects action
to serve is to love
keyword: humility
sets the church as subordinate to the world
we demand justice!
easily co-opted by political values and consumerism
secularism
corrects sinful disparity between word and action
disciple - follower; student
to teach as Jesus did
education in the Church
informs
,
forms
, and
transforms
a person
not recognizing the conditions (life stages) of the learner

to suffer as Jesus did
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