Church plays an essential role in Christianity. In fact, that’s what Christianity is, the church. And by church we don’t mean a building or even an institution or formal organization. By church we mean the local group of believers meeting regularly for worship, prayer, teaching, and service, and the totality of believers throughout the world and down through the centuries.
It is in the church that individual Christians grow into mature believers and it is together in the church that the followers of Jesus work together to evangelize, to prepare people for Heaven, to help the poor, to work for justice and many other things that together will result in the transformation of society.
The topic of church is discussed further in the TELL ME MORE section.