Christians have lost sight of what God intends the church to be. This is the bold, perhaps prophetic, proclamation MC Canada general secretary Robert J. Suderman makes. "What the church is meant to be" is not a question that's being asked very seriously today, he says. "Instead, people are asking what should we do or how should it be done?"Today, Suderman's mantra is declaring the ecclesial-or churchly-vision for the church: "The primary role of the church is to be a peoplehood of God That is the message we need to recover, but it's hard to do because it's not where we are at."Centuries of tradition have made this mindset a virtual part of our spiritual DNA. Constantine (AD 272-337), the first Roman ruler to legalize Christianity, created a set of rules governing the church that simultaneously restricted the church's role to spiritual tasks. "It put limitations, restrictions and inhibitions on the vocation of a church that was so wild... when you read the book of Ephesians," says Suderman. "This wild vocation for the church has been domesticated."
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