Our common understanding of church has its roots in the ancient Jewish temple. Using this model we think that church is about coming into holiness.
But God’s story does not end here. Jesus goes to people and so did the early church.
Instead of asking where all of the people have gone, our churches will be more faithful to ask: where is Jesus going? Living in community with those who are outside of our bounds is the setting of God’s good news and the context of discipleship.